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[spahy-nohs, spahy-nohs]
  1. full of spines; spiniferous; spinous.
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Origin of spinose

From the Latin word spīnōsus, dating back to 1650–60. See spine, -ose1
Related formsspi·nose·ly, adverbspi·nos·i·ty [spahy-nos-i-tee] /spaɪˈnɒs ɪ ti/, nounnon·spi·nose, adjectivenon·spi·nose·ly, adverbnon·spi·nos·i·ty, nounsub·spi·nose, adjective
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Examples from the Web for spinose

Historical Examples

  • The substance is unusually thick in the spinose caterpillars of butterflies; and in the pupa of one, Uria Proteus, it is villose.

    An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. IV (of 4)

    William Kirby

  • In spinose caterpillars these organs are generally planted between two spines, one being above and the other below.

  • Notice particularly the long flattened set and the spinose spatula-shaped terminal portion of each shaft.

  • For removing the spinose ear-tick, Stiles recommends pouring some bland oil into the ear.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley

British Dictionary definitions for spinose


  1. (esp of plants) bearing many spines
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Derived Formsspinosely, adverbspinosity (spaɪˈnɒsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin spīnōsus prickly, from spīna a thorn
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