Definition of spinifex in English:

spinifex

Line breaks: spini|fex
Pronunciation: /ˈspɪnɪfɛks
 
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noun

  • 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
    More 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.

Origin

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

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