spiry

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[spahyuh r-ee]
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adjective

having the form of a spire, slender shoot, or tapering pointed body; tapering up to a point like a spire.
abounding in spires or steeples.

Origin of spiry

1
First recorded in 1595–1605; spire1 + -y1

spiry

2
[spahy-ree]

adjective

spiral; coiled; coiling; helical.

Origin of spiry

2
First recorded in 1670–80; spire2 + -y1
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Examples from the Web for spiry

Historical Examples of spiry

  • Her also next, Hovering and clamoring, he by the wing Within his spiry folds drew, and devoured.

  • Beneath these spiry, crowding trees one has only "the twilight of the forest noon."

  • The spiry exuberance of Milan Cathedral can be paralleled in the neighbourhood of Aconcagua.

    The Alps

    Martin Conway

  • But the group oi spires, without it, would not be rich enough to give a proper impression of Lausanne, as a spiry place.

  • A light, airy young Beech, with its spiry branches hanging in easy forms, is generally beautiful.

    Woodland Gleanings

    Charles Tilt



British Dictionary definitions for spiry

spiry

adjective

poetic of spiral form; helical
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