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spine

[ spahyn ]
/ spaɪn /
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Definition of spine

noun
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Origin of spine

1400–50; late Middle English <Latin spīna thorn, backbone

OTHER WORDS FROM spine

spined, adjectivespinelike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for spine

spine
/ (spaɪn) /

noun

Derived forms of spine

spined, adjective

Word Origin for spine

C14: from Old French espine spine, from Latin spīna thorn, backbone
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Scientific definitions for spine

spine
[ spīn ]

See vertebral column.
Any of various pointed projections, processes, or appendages of animals.
A sharp-pointed projection on a plant, especially a hard, narrow modified leaf, as on a cactus, that is adapted to reduce water loss. Compare thorn. See more at leaf.

Other words from spine

spinal adjective
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