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thorny

Pronunciation: /ˈθɔːrni; ˈθɔːni/

Translation of thorny in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo (-nier, -niest)

  • [plant] espinoso, espinudo (Chile) ; [problem/issue] espinoso, peliagudo, espinudo (Chile)
    Example sentences
    • The white blossom stands out against the black thorny branches.
    • The thorny branches quickly entangled him, biting deeply into his skin.
    • The bark was extremely coarse and the branches were thorny and brittle.
    Example sentences
    • As time moved on, and in the process of looking for answers to difficult questions, the thorny issue of forgiveness cropped up.
    • Remove context and you remove the possibility of people thinking about awkward issues or raising thorny questions.
    • Difficult and thorny issues are resolved by intelligent listening.

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