spiny

[ spahy-nee ]
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adjective,spin·i·er, spin·i·est.
  1. abounding in or having spines; thorny, as a plant.

  2. covered with or having sharp-pointed processes, as an animal.

  1. in the form of a spine; resembling a spine; spinelike.

  2. troublesome or difficult to handle; thorny: a spiny problem.

Origin of spiny

1
First recorded in 1580–90; spine + -y1

Other words from spiny

  • spin·i·ness, noun
  • non·spin·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for spiny

spiny

/ (ˈspaɪnɪ) /


adjectivespinier or spiniest
  1. (of animals) having or covered with quills or spines

  2. (of plants) covered with spines; thorny

  1. troublesome to handle; puzzling

  2. shaped like a spine

Derived forms of spiny

  • spininess, noun

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