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noun: spade; plural noun: spades;

1. one of the four suits in a conventional deck of playing cards, denoted by a black inverted

heart-shaped figure with a short stalk.

2. a tool with a sharp-edged, typically rectangular, metal blade and a long handle, used for digging

or cutting earth, sand, turf, etc.


1. dig in (ground) with a spade.

Origin  late 16th century: from Italian spade, plural of spada ‘sword’