[ spahy-nyool, spin-yool ]
/ ˈspaɪ nyul, ˈspɪn yul /

noun Zoology, Botany.

a small spine.

Origin of spinule

From the Latin word spīnula, dating back to 1745–55. See spine, -ule
Related formsspin·u·lose [spin-yuh-lohs, spahy-nyuh-] /ˈspɪn yəˌloʊs, ˈspaɪ nyə-/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for spinule

  • This process has been one of time: the adhesion of the "spinule" took place in about sixteen hours after its escape from the egg.

    Omphalos|Philip Henry Gosse

British Dictionary definitions for spinule


/ (ˈspaɪnjuːl) /


biology a very small spine, thorn, or prickle
Derived Formsspinulose (ˈspaɪnjʊˌləʊs), adjective

Word Origin for spinule

C18: from Late Latin spīnula
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