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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Unknown, 1990s


A very small pellet of plastic which serves as raw material in the manufacture of plastic products.

Examples of Nurdle in a sentence

"Jess filled the box with nurdles, hoping to protect the tea cups inside."

"Eric cleaned the beach every weekend, hoping to stop the dangerous environmental effect of nurdles."

About Nurdle

Like so many things plastic, this word came about during the 1990s. While its exact origins are unknown, nurdle has become synonymous with the little pellets used for plastics manufacturing.

Did you Know?

A nurdle can also refer to the wave-shaped blob of toothpaste seen in commercials. The next time you go to put the dentist recommended pea-sized amount of toothpaste on your toothbrush, you have a name for it.

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