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[spahyuh r-ee] /ˈspaɪər i/
having the form of a spire, slender shoot, or tapering pointed body; tapering up to a point like a spire.
abounding in spires or steeples.
Origin of spiry1
First recorded in 1595-1605; spire1 + -y1


[spahy-ree] /ˈspaɪ ri/
spiral; coiled; coiling; helical.
First recorded in 1670-80; spire2 + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Their clumpy heads blend ill with the spiry tops of the juniors.

    Woodland Gleanings Charles Tilt
  • We passed under it, but could see its stately castle crowned with a multitude of spiry towers.

    The Spell of Switzerland Nathan Haskell Dole
  • The spiry exuberance of Milan Cathedral can be paralleled in the neighbourhood of Aconcagua.

    The Alps Martin Conway
  • A light, airy young Beech, with its spiry branches hanging in easy forms, is generally beautiful.

    Woodland Gleanings Charles Tilt
  • Beneath these spiry, crowding trees one has only "the twilight of the forest noon."

    Wild Life on the Rockies Enos A. Mills
  • Her also next, Hovering and clamoring, he by the wing Within his spiry folds drew, and devoured.

  • But the group oi spires, without it, would not be rich enough to give a proper impression of Lausanne, as a spiry place.

  • The grass-plot was full of romantic light, and on its eastern margin was an etching of spiry spruce.

    Wild Life on the Rockies Enos A. Mills
British Dictionary definitions for spiry


(poetic) of spiral form; helical
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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