Spatula (culinary tool)
A spatula is "a small implement with a broad, flat, flexible blade used to mix, spread and lift food. It derives from the Latin word for a flat piece of wood or splint (a diminutive form of the Latin spatha, meaning broadsword).
Spatulas are usually used to level out a dry measuring cup. It is a tool with 2 flat edges on a flexible blade. A spatula is usually short and about 8 inches long. A spatula also refers to a turner which is used to flip over pancakes, burgers, etc.
American English usage
In kitchen utensils, a spatula is any utensil fitting the above description. One variety is used to lift and flip food items during cooking, such as pancakes and fillets. These are usually made of plastic or silicon, with a wooden, metal or plastic handle to insulate them from heat.
A frosting spatula is also known as palette knife and is usually made of metal or plastic.
Bowl and plate scrapers are sometimes called spatulas.
British English usage
In British English a spatula is similar in shape to a palette knife without holes in a flexible and or detachable blade. A wide-bladed utensil with long holes in a solid blade used for turning food is a fish slice.
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