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spinule

[spahy-nyool, spin-yool] /ˈspaɪ nyul, ˈspɪn yul/
noun, Zoology, Botany.
1.
a small spine.
Origin of spinule
1745-1755
From the Latin word spīnula, dating back to 1745-55. See spine, -ule
Related forms
spinulose
[spin-yuh-lohs, spahy-nyuh-] /ˈspɪn yəˌloʊs, ˈspaɪ nyə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • This process has been one of time: the adhesion of the "spinule" took place in about sixteen hours after its escape from the egg.

    Omphalos Philip Henry Gosse
British Dictionary definitions for spinule

spinule

/ˈspaɪnjuːl/
noun
1.
(biology) a very small spine, thorn, or prickle
Derived Forms
spinulose (ˈspaɪnjʊˌləʊs) adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Late Latin spīnula
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