Etymology: From spadu, spada, of Germanic origin. Cognate with Old Frisian spada, Old Saxon spado, German Spaten. Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European , whence also Greek (spíthÄ) "blade", Hittite iÅpatar "spear".
- A garden tool with a handle and a flat blade for digging. Not to be confused with a shovel which is used for moving earth or other materials.
- One of the black suits in a deck of cards, represented by a symbol similar to the garden tool, or â™ .
- (offensive) A black person.
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