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English definition of “prickle”

prickle

noun [C] uk   /ˈprɪk.l̩/ us  
one of several thin, sharp points that stick out of a plant or animal: The fruit can be eaten once the prickles have been removed. a feeling as if a lot of little points are sticking into your body: I felt a hot prickle of embarrassment spread across my cheeks.

prickle

verb uk   /ˈprɪk.l̩/ us  
[T] If thin, sharp objects prickle you, they cause slight pain by touching against your skin: She lay on the grass and the stiff dry grass prickled the back of her legs. [I] If part of your body prickles, it feels as if a lot of sharp points are touching it because you are frightened or excited: Turner started to be worried and felt the back of his neck prickle.
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