[spahy-nohs, spahy-nohs]


full of spines; spiniferous; spinous.

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

Word Origin for spinose

C17: from Latin spīnōsus prickly, from spīna a thorn
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