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[spahy-nuh-feks] /ˈspaɪ nəˌfɛks/
noun, plural spinifex, spinifexes.
any of several Australian grasses of the genera Spinifex, Plectrachne, or Triodia, having spiny seeds and stiff, sharp-pointed leaves that grow in dense masses. Unabridged
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  • We turned east for ten miles to a range, which we found to be covered with spinifex.

  • spinifex for the first fourteen miles, and miserable country.

  • The view was very extensive but not promising--spinifex being in every direction.

  • spinifex in every direction, and the country very miserable and unpromising.

  • To the North, South, and East nothing but spinifex sand-hills in sight.

  • The flats are very grassy, but the hills are covered with spinifex.

  • Up jumped Nquing from his burrow in the spinifex and shouted, 'Go away!'

    Just So Stories Rudyard Kipling
  • The whole covered with tufts of spinifex, barren, wretched, and uninviting.

    Spinifex and Sand David W Carnegie
  • It is found amongst the spinifex (Triodia) scrub of the interior.

    An Australian Bird Book John Albert Leach
  • The spinifex grew knee-high and its roots extended in all directions.

    The Lost Valley J. M. Walsh
British Dictionary definitions for spinifex


(Austral) Also called porcupine grass. any of various coarse spiny-leaved inland grasses of the genus Triodia
any grass of the SE Asian genus Spinifex, having pointed leaves and spiny seed heads: often planted to bind loose sand
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Latin spīna a thorn + -fex maker, from facere to make
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