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English noun: spade

1. spade (artifact) a playing card in the major suit that has one or more black figures on it

SamplesShe led a low spade.
Spades were trumps.

Broader (hypernym)playing card

Member meronymmajor suit

2. spade (artifact) a sturdy hand shovel that can be pushed into the earth with the foot

Broader (hypernym)hand shovel

Narrower (hyponym)ditch spade, garden spade, long-handled spade

3. spade (person) (ethnic slur) extremely offensive name for a Black person

SamplesOnly a Black can call another Black a nigga.

Synonymscoon, jigaboo, nigga, nigger, nigra

Broader (hypernym)Black, Black person, blackamoor, Negro, Negroid

Domain usagedepreciation, derogation, disparagement, ethnic slur

English verb: spade

1. spade (contact) dig (up) with a spade

SamplesI spade compost into the flower beds.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cut into, delve, dig, turn over

Narrower (hyponym)ridge

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