- becoming spinelike.
- ending in a spine.
- bearing spines.
- Zoology. somewhat spinelike; coarse, as hair.
Origin of spinescent
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Resembles the first species somewhat in habit, size, and the spinescent capillitium, but the resemblance is superficial only.The North American Slime-Moulds
Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
Characters of Dipsacus, but the green leaves of the involucre and involucels not rigid nor spinescent.
In the Pear and Sloe all gradations occur between spines and spine-like (spinescent) branches.The Elements of Botany
- having or resembling a spine or spines
- becoming spiny
C18: from Late Latin spīnēscere to become thorny, from Latin spīna a thorn
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