Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: adjective

Having spines; thorny. spinose; spinous.

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Usage examples "spiny":

  1. But he had been in captivity for so long that he was very friendly, though he had sharp claws and a spiny back and head. - "Free from School", Rahul Alvares.
  2. The trail passed through cactuses, and spiny shrubs and trees, which tore our clothes more than all we had endured during weeks of travel. - "In Indian Mexico (1908)", Frederick Starr.
  3. The skeleton- spicules are spiny and rather stout, the species being strongly developed at the two ends. - "Freshwater Sponges, Hydroids & Polyzoa", Nelson Annandale.