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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.

spiny

(ˈspaɪnɪ)
adj, spinier or spiniest
1. (Zoology) (of animals) having or covered with quills or spines
2. (Botany) (of plants) covered with spines; thorny
3. troublesome to handle; puzzling
4. shaped like a spine
ˈspininess n

spin•y

(ˈspaɪ ni)

adj. 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.
3. resembling a spine; spinelike.
4. difficult to handle; thorny: a spiny problem.
[1580–90]
spin′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.spiny - having spines; "the dorsal fin is spinous"
2.spiny - having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.spiny - having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.; "a horse with a short bristly mane"; "bristly shrubs"; "burred fruits"; "setaceous whiskers"
armed - (used of plants and animals) furnished with bristles and thorns

spiny

adjective prickly, barbed, thorny, bristly, brambly, briery low spiny bushes of sage

spiny

adjective
1. Full of sharp needlelike protuberances:
2. So replete with interlocking points and complications as to be painfully irritating:
Translations
شائِك، مُغَطّى بالشَّوْك
ostnatý
broddóttur, òyrnóttur
dikenliiğneli

spiny

[ˈspaɪnɪ] ADJ (spinier (compar) (spiniest (superl)))
1. [rose] → espinoso; [animal] → con púas
2. [problem] → espinoso

spiny

[ˈspaɪni] adj [plant, animal] → couvert(e) d'épines

spiny

adj (+er)stach(e)lig; plant alsodornig; spiny lobster (Zool) → Languste f, → Stachelhummer m

spiny

[ˈspaɪnɪ] adjcoperto/a di spine

spine

(spain) noun
1. the line of linked bones running down the back of humans and many animals; the backbone. She damaged her spine when she fell.
2. something like a backbone in shape or function. the spine of a book.
3. a thin, stiff, pointed part growing on an animal or a plant.
ˈspinal adjective
of or concerned with the backbone. a spinal injury.
ˈspineless adjective
1. of an animal, having no spine; invertebrate.
2. of a person, having a weak character; easily dominated.
ˈspiny adjective
full of, or covered with, spines. a spiny cactus.
spinal cord
a cord of nerve cells running up through the backbone.
References in classic literature ?
I stretched my limbs, sore and painful from the pricks of the spiny plants, and stared around me at the trees; and, so suddenly that it seemed to jump out of the green tracery about it, my eyes lit upon a black face watching me.
He, indeed, ignorant that the still hour, a cloudless moon, and an open lattice, had revealed to me the secret of his selfish love and false friendship, would have continued smooth and complaisant as ever; but I grew spiny as a porcupine, and inflexible as a blackthorn cudgel; I never had a smile for his raillery, never a moment for his society; his invitations to take coffee with him in his parlour were invariably rejected, and very stiffly and sternly rejected too; his jesting allusions to the directress (which he still continued) were heard with a grim calm very different from the petulant pleasure they were formerly wont to excite.
The genus, or rather family, of Epeira, is here characterized by many singular forms; some species have pointed coriaceous shells, others enlarged and spiny tibiae.
QUETTA: Chief Minister Balochistan Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo has expressed dissatisfaction over crops of vegetables which were growing filthy waters at Spiny area of Quetta.
Chief Minister Balochistan Abdul Quddus Bizenjo took action against these crops while visiting at Spiny Road on Wednesday and adding that no compromising would be made on health of citizen.
The Balkan spiny loach Sabanejewia balcanica (Karaman, 1922) is a small representative of the family Cobitidae.
Anyhow, it turns out that the reason we are all in the dark about the spiny dye-murex (which has already got three mentions in this written piece; more than it's got in centuries, I imagine) is because although it is extant today, it rarely ever gets talked about.
The best ledges are not necessarily the huge, 8-foot shows on the depthfinder, but rather the ones whose makeup best accommodates the defensive needs of the spiny lobster.
Male and female spiny dogfish Squalus acanthias were collected in the North Aegean Sea from Saros Bay between February 2005 and September 2008.
Quetta -- At least five persons including three police personnel have been injured in a roadside blast on Spiny Road in Quetta.
Researchers studied a species of spiny damselfish, or Acanthochromis polyacanthus, found along Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
The spiny seahorses are the first offspring produced by this native species since its arrival at the zoo's British Seahorse Breeding Nursery in February.