- a spine or spinelike projection.
Origin of spina
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin spīna thorn, backbone; see spine
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Examples from the Web for spina
The course which the chariots ran was by the side of the spina, and round the met.Ruins of Ancient Cities (Vol. II of II)
Spina, archbishop of Corinth, might be sent to him to Turin.
The Spina has since been rebuilt and spoilt by the Sardinian Government.
The liability to spina bifida is greatest in the human infant, through the stress thrown on the spine.
And then the Spina is always so graceful and striking against the crimson sunset which turns the muddy Arno into a river of fire.
- A spine-shaped or sharp thornlike anatomical process.
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