- full of spines; spiniferous; spinous.
Origin of spinose
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Examples from the Web for spinose
The substance is unusually thick in the spinose caterpillars of butterflies; and in the pupa of one, Uria Proteus, it is villose.
In spinose caterpillars these organs are generally planted between two spines, one being above and the other below.
Notice particularly the long flattened set and the spinose spatula-shaped terminal portion of each shaft.The Appendages, Anatomy, and Relationships of Trilobites
Percy Edward Raymond
For removing the spinose ear-tick, Stiles recommends pouring some bland oil into the ear.Handbook of Medical Entomology
William Albert Riley
- (esp of plants) bearing many spines
C17: from Latin spīnōsus prickly, from spīna a thorn
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