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prickle

(prĭk′əl)
n.
1.
a. A small hard pointed outgrowth of the epidermis of a plant, in contrast to a modified plant organ such as a spine or thorn.
b. A spine, thorn, or other small sharp structure.
2. A tingling or pricking sensation: felt prickles in my leg after sitting for so long.
v. prick·led, prick·ling, prick·les
v.intr.
1. To feel a tingling or pricking sensation: His skin prickled with fear.
2. To rise or stand up like prickles: The hair on my neck prickled.
v.tr.
To cause a tingling or pricking sensation in: Tears prickled my eyes.
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prickle

a hard, pointed plant structure containing no VASCULAR BUNDLE structure.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
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The unpleasant creeping, prickling or burning sensation can begin soon after sitting or lying down but usually comes on in the evening and at night-time, causing disruption to sleep.
Baros was taken off in the first half in Prague on Saturday after feeling a prickling sensation in his foot.
As well as the intense itching, a sensation of burning or prickling is felt, hence the name prickly heat.
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