Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Bearing or covered with spines, thorns, or similar stiff projections.
  • adj. Shaped like a spine.
  • adj. Difficult; troublesome.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. covered in spines or thorns
  • adj. troublesome; difficult or vexing
  • n. Archaic form of spinny.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of spines; thorny.
  • adj. Like a spine in shape; slender.
  • adj. Fig.: Abounding with difficulties or annoyances.
  • n. See spinny.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having thorns or spines; full of spines; thorny; prickly.
  • Figuratively, thorny; perplexed; difficult; troublesome.
  • Thin; slim; slender.
  • One of the South American species of Echimys and Loncheres or Nelomys. See cut under Echimys.
  • One of several pouched rats of the genus Heteromys.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.
  • adj. having spines

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • I mean, discipline -- if ever you'd known discipline -- in the police if you like -- anything -- anywhere where there's what we used to call spiny de cor.

    The House on the Beach

  • The Houses of Parliament runs one; another casts its spooky glow over Buckingham Palace gardens a sub- Saharan moth called the spiny bollworm puzzled scientists until they discovered a state delegation from Tanzania had stayed with the Queen the week before.

    The Guardian World News

  • Among the fossils found here are acanthodians - the so-called "spiny sharks" which are thought to be the oldest vertebrates to possess true teeth - and what Blais and colleagues consider to be a chondrichthyan, or an early member of the group of cartilaginous fish which includes sharks, skates, and rays today.

    Wired Top Stories

  • Thalamic input only accounts for five percent of the signals that so-called spiny stellate cells in the cortex receive, even though they drive a good portion of activity throughout the cerebral cortex.

    PhysOrg.com - latest science and technology news stories

  • Properly called the spiny dogfish or spurdog (Squalus acanthias), the chippy's favoured shark is more usually labelled as rock salmon.

    UnderwaterTimes.com News of the Underwater World

  • A kind of spiny anteater not rare in places like Madagascar.

    What's in a name?

  • A hedgehog is a kind of spiny shrew, and a moonrat is a spineless hedgehog.

    Open thread: questions and explanations - The Panda's Thumb

  • I believe it is now thought that the spider of the Scriptures was a kind of spiny lizard called the Gecko.

    Wild Nature Won By Kindness

  • Since then, I navigated across all modes of dispersal and their consequences for seedling recruitment, with a special interest in plants dispersed by mammals, from the smaller such as spiny rats in French Guiana to the largest such as elephant in Central Africa.

    Mongabay.com News

  • Even though most people don't associate grits with white tablecloth dining, he finds the mild flavor and interesting texture an excellent foil for rich ingredients such as spiny lobsters and wild mushrooms.

    Local News

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.