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scoopula

noun; blending
A small, shovel-like metal instrument used for manipulating solid chemicals in a lab setting. Also, the approximate amount such an instrument can hold.
 
Scoopula is the trademark name for a instrument manufactured by Thermo Fisher Scientific, but has become a genericized trademark. The word is a blend of "scoop" and "spatula", two other common labratory tools. The "Scoopula" has properties of both: It is straight like a spatula, but its sides are concave up to hold more solid material, as is the case with a scoop. The definition has since been expanded to include the amount such an instrument can hold, as in "a scoopula full."
Etymology : compound of "scoop" and "spatula". Scoop: from Middle Dutch "schope", bucket for bailing water. Spatula: from Latin "spatha" meaning broad, flat instrument or weapon, from Greek "spathe", meaning broad flat blade.
Source : "Put approximately one scoopula full of salt into each test tube." From a lab procedure from Chemistry 153, November 2013. Etymology from Etymonline.
Last modified: 26 November 2013


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