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spinous

[ spahy-nuhs ]
/ ˈspaɪ nəs /
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adjective
covered with or having spines; thorny, as a plant.
armed with or bearing sharp-pointed processes, as an animal.
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Origin of spinous

1630–40; <Latin spīnōsus;see spine, -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for spinous

spinous
/ (ˈspaɪnəs) /

adjective biology
resembling a spine or thornthe spinous process of a bone
having spines or spiny projections
another word for spinose
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for spinous

spinous
[ spīnəs ]

adj.
Relating to, shaped like, or having a spine or spines.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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