"prickles" in the noun sense
1. spine, thorn, prickle, pricker, sticker, spikelet
a small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf
"prickles" in the verb sense
1. prickle, prick
cause a prickling sensation
2. tingle, prickle
cause a stinging or tingling sensation
3. prickle, prick
make a small hole into, as with a needle or a thorn
"The nurse pricked my finger to get a small blood sample"
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