SPAT, preterit tense of spit, but nearly obsolete.
SPAT, noun [from the root of spit; that which is ejected.]
1. The young of shell fish.
2. A petty combat; a little quarrel or dissension. [A vulgar use of the word in New England.]
SPATHA'CEOUS, adjective Having a calyx like a sheath.
SPATHE, noun [Latin spatha.] In botany, the calyx of a spadix opening or bursting longitudinally, in form of a sheath. It is also applied to the calyx of some flowers which have no spadix, as of narcissus, crocus, iris, etc.
SPATH'IC, adjective Foliated or lamellar. spathic iron is a mineral of a foliated structure, and a yellowish or brownish color.
SPATH'IFORM, adjective [spath and form.] Resembling spar in form. The ocherous, spathiform and mineralized forms of urinate-
SPATH'OUS, adjective Having a calyx like a sheath.
SPATH'ULATE, [See Spatulate.]
SPA'TIATE, verb transitive [Latin spatior.] To rove; to ramble. [Not in use.]
SPAT'TER, verb transitive [This root is a derivative of the family of spit, or Latin pateo. See Sputter.]
1. To scatter a liquid substance on; to sprinkle with water or any fluid, or with any moist and dirty matter; as, to spatter a coat; to spatter the floor; to spatter the boots with mud. [This word, I believe, is applied always to fluid or moist substances. We say, to spatter with water, mud, blood or gravy; but never to spatter with dust or meal.]
2. Figuratively, to asperse; to defame. [In this sense, asperse is generally used.]
3. To throw out any thing offensive; as, to spatter foul speeches. [Not in use.]
4. To scatter about; as, to spatter water here and there.
SPAT'TER, verb intransitive To throw out of the mouth in a scattered manner; to sputter. [See Sputter.]
SPAT'TERDASHES, noun plural [spatter and dash.] Coverings for the legs to keep them clean from water and mud. [Since boots are generally worn, these things and their name are little used.]
SPAT'TERED, participle passive
1. Sprinkling with moist some liquid or dirty substance.
SPAT'TERING, participle present tense
1. Sprinkling with or foul matter.
SPAT'TLE, noun Spittle. [Not in use.]
SPATTLING-POPPY, noun [Latin papaver spumeum.] A plant; white behen; a species of Campion.
SPAT'ULA, SPAT'TLE, noun [Latin spathula, spatha, a slice. from the root of Latin pateo; so named from its breadth, or from its use in spreading things. A slice; an apothecaries' instrument, for spreading plasters, etc.
SPAT'ULATE, adjective [from Latin spathula.] In botany, a spatulate leaf is one shaped like a spatula or battledore, being roundish with a long, narrow, linear base; as in cistus incanus.