spininess


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spin·y

 (spī′nē)
adj. spin·i·er, spin·i·est
1. Bearing or covered with spines, thorns, or similar stiff projections.
2. Shaped like a spine.

spin′i·ness n.
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Noun1.spininess - the quality of being covered with prickly thorns or spines
raggedness, roughness - a texture of a surface or edge that is not smooth but is irregular and uneven
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He lists the following examples of predominantly human selection: Development of taller, less-branched plants leading to fewer, larger inflorescences, less spininess (fewer thorns), reduced toxins, and attractive flower colors or patterns.
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