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spinule

[ spahy-nyool, spin-yool ]
/ ˈspaɪ nyul, ˈspɪn yul /
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noun Zoology, Botany.

a small spine.

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Origin of spinule

From the Latin word spīnula, dating back to 1745–55. See spine, -ule

OTHER WORDS FROM spinule

spin·u·lose [spin-yuh-lohs, spahy-nyuh-], /ˈspɪn yəˌloʊs, ˈspaɪ nyə-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for spinule

spinule
/ (ˈspaɪnjuːl) /

noun

biology a very small spine, thorn, or prickle

Derived forms of spinule

spinulose (ˈspaɪnjʊˌləʊs), adjective

Word Origin for spinule

C18: from Late Latin spīnula
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