adjective (spinier, spiniest)
- 1Full of or covered with prickles: a spiny cactusMore example sentences
- Also, the undersides of an osprey's feet are covered in spiny spicules which prevent fish from wriggling free.
- Right in the middle, covering the short spiny grass, was a huge, brilliantly white Colosseum that had seen better days, but still stood sturdy and still.
- A key characteristic is their well-defined spiny hairs, which cover their body and give them a prickly appearance.
- 1.1 • informal Difficult to understand or handle: a spiny problemMore example sentences
- But apparently enamored of their own hype aura, they've spelled out ‘too cool for school’ in wracked and twisted pipe cleaners and call the tangled and spiny mess a second album.
- More often then not, in any SEO project, the spiny issue of homepage word-count arises in the process of optimizing a client's site.
- Hi All, I know this is a very spiny issue, but please refrain from posting ads offering analytical services.
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- Ecotypes have also been shown to vary in spininess, flower colour, seed size and time of emergence.
- Leaf spininess is highly variable from clone to clone, from complete spininess to very few spines.
- In general, the spininess of the clinkers is inversely proportional to both the thickness of the clinker layer and of the flow itself.