from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Botany Having a spine or spines.
- adj. Botany Terminating in a spine.
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- adj. Having a spine or spines.
- adj. Terminating in a spine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Becoming hard and thorny; tapering gradually to a rigid, leafless point; armed with spines.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In botany, tending to be hard and thorn-like; terminating in a spine or sharp point; armed with spines or thorns; spinose.
- In zoology, somewhat spinous or spiny, as the fur of an animal; very coarse, harsh, or stiff, as hair; spinulous.
The thickets of the Fish, Sundays, and Gamtoos river valleys are sparse, succulent and spinescent.
The Maputaland-Pondoland Bushland and Thicket is less spinescent and less succulent, comprised of more grasses, and dominated by subtropical woody evergreen species.
These species-rich, dense thickets are composed of spinescent shrubs, woody creepers and succulents.
It generally consists of a closed canopy formation up to 6 meters (m) in height and frequently forms an impenetrable tangle of spinescent shrubs, low trees and vines.
Base of involucel turbinate, inner bristles longer, spreading and spinescent, ciliate at base 2.
The vegetation is generally gloomy and sad; it has the aspect of our evergreens or heaths; the plants are for the most part woody; the leaves of nearly all the plants are linear, lanceolated, small, coriaceous, and spinescent.