from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The character of being spinescent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state or quality of being spinescent or spiny; also, a spiny growth or covering, as of certain animals.

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  • noun The quality of being spinescent.


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  • Towards the south, the highly erratic distribution of rainfall requires that plants be able to utilize soil moisture whenever available; succulence, sclerophylly, deciduousness and spinescence are some of strategies adapted for coping with such environmental conditions.

    Maputaland-Pondoland bushland and thickets

  • Height and deciduousness decrease towards the south, while succulence, sclerophylly and spinescence increase; this is a pattern that closely mirrors the rainfall gradient of the area.

    Maputaland-Pondoland bushland and thickets


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