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spinifex

[ spahy-nuh-feks ]
/ 藞spa瑟 n蓹藢f蓻ks /
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noun, plural spi路ni路fex, spi路ni路fex路es.
any of several Australian grasses of the genera Spinifex, Plectrachne, or Triodia, having spiny seeds and stiff, sharp-pointed leaves that grow in dense masses.
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Origin of spinifex

First recorded in 1845鈥55; from New Latin sp墨nifex, literally 鈥渟pine maker,鈥 equivalent to Latin sp墨n(a) 鈥渢horn, spine, backbone鈥 + -i- + -fex
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British Dictionary definitions for spinifex

spinifex
/ (藞sp瑟n瑟藢f蓻ks) /

noun
Also called: porcupine grass Australian any of various coarse spiny-leaved inland grasses of the genus Triodia
any grass of the SE Asian genus Spinifex, having pointed leaves and spiny seed heads: often planted to bind loose sand

Word Origin for spinifex

C19: from New Latin, from Latin sp墨na a thorn + -fex maker, from facere to make
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