Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Bearing or covered with spines, thorns, or similar stiff projections.
  • adjective Shaped like a spine.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having thorns or spines; full of spines; thorny; prickly.
  • Figuratively, thorny; perplexed; difficult; troublesome.
  • Thin; slim; slender.
  • One of the South American species of Echimys and Loncheres or Nelomys. See cut under Echimys.
  • One of several pouched rats of the genus Heteromys.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Full of spines; thorny.
  • adjective Like a spine in shape; slender.
  • adjective Fig.: Abounding with difficulties or annoyances.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) Same as Rock lobster, under Rock. See also Lobster.
  • noun See spinny.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective covered in spines or thorns
  • adjective troublesome; difficult or vexing
  • noun Archaic form of spinny.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.
  • adjective having spines

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Examples

  • I mean, discipline -- if ever you'd known discipline -- in the police if you like -- anything -- anywhere where there's what we used to call spiny de cor.

    The House on the Beach

  • I mean, discipline -- if ever you'd known discipline -- in the police if you like -- anything -- anywhere where there's what we used to call spiny de cor.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith

  • I mean, discipline -- if ever you'd known discipline -- in the police if you like -- anything -- anywhere where there's what we used to call spiny de cor.

    Complete Short Works of George Meredith

  • The Houses of Parliament runs one; another casts its spooky glow over Buckingham Palace gardens a sub- Saharan moth called the spiny bollworm puzzled scientists until they discovered a state delegation from Tanzania had stayed with the Queen the week before.

    The Guardian World News

  • Among the fossils found here are acanthodians - the so-called "spiny sharks" which are thought to be the oldest vertebrates to possess true teeth - and what Blais and colleagues consider to be a chondrichthyan, or an early member of the group of cartilaginous fish which includes sharks, skates, and rays today.

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  • Thalamic input only accounts for five percent of the signals that so-called spiny stellate cells in the cortex receive, even though they drive a good portion of activity throughout the cerebral cortex.

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  • Thalamic input only accounts for five percent of the signals that so-called spiny stellate cells in the cortex receive, even though they drive a good portion of activity throughout the cerebral cortex.

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  • Thalamic input only accounts for five percent of the signals that so-called spiny stellate cells in the cortex receive, even though they drive a good portion of activity throughout the cerebral cortex.

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  • Properly called the spiny dogfish or spurdog (Squalus acanthias), the chippy's favoured shark is more usually labelled as rock salmon.

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  • Properly called the spiny dogfish or spurdog (Squalus acanthias), the chippy's favoured shark is more usually labelled as rock salmon.

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