Definition of spiny in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈspʌɪni/

adjective (spinier, spiniest)

1Full of or covered with prickles: a spiny cactus
More 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 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈspʌɪnɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with spiny

briny, Heine, liny, piny, shiny, tiny, whiny

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