Definition of spiny in English:

spiny

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Pronunciation: /ˈspʌɪni
 
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adjective (spinier, spiniest)

  • 1Full of or covered with prickles: a spiny cactus
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1 informal Difficult to understand or handle: a spiny problem
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    • 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.

Derivatives

spininess

noun
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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.

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