Definition of spinifex in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈspɪnɪfɛks/

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A grass with coarse spiny leaves and spiny flower heads which break off and are blown about like tumbleweed, occurring from East Asia to Australia.
  • Genus Spinifex, family Gramineae
Example sentences
  • It also promotes an appreciation of the spinifex and desert oak landscape that surrounds Uluru.
  • Alex had stood on the rocks above him, and could see the blood trickling out from beneath the spinifex tussocks.
  • Here he had pulled a spinifex tussock to the cave entrance, and sung a powerful magic song.


Early 19th century: modern Latin, from Latin spina 'thorn' + -fex from facere 'make'.

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