full of spines; spiniferous; spinous.
- spi·nose·ly, adverb
- spi·nos·i·ty [spahy-nos-i-tee], /spaɪˈnɒs ɪ ti/, noun
- non·spi·nose, adjective
- non·spi·nose·ly, adverb
- non·spi·nos·i·ty, noun
- sub·spi·nose, adjective
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How to use spinose in a sentence
Mouth: labrum with four or six minute teeth: mandibles with five graduated teeth; inferior point more or less spinose.A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia (Volume 2 of 2) | Charles Darwin
The leaves are large with fine spinose margins, and the flower is most conspicuous, as it is four or five inches long.The Romance of Plant Life | G. F. Scott Elliot
The cerci appear to have been long, slender, very spinose organs much like the antennules, but stiff rather than flexible.
A similar explanation is suggested for Acidaspis and other highly spinose species.
Its pleural lobes are reduced to a series of spines on either side of the body, and its pygidium is a mere spinose vestige.
British Dictionary definitions for spinose
(esp of plants) bearing many spines
- spinosely, adverb
- spinosity (spaɪˈnɒsɪtɪ), noun
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