from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Bearing or covered with spines, thorns, or similar stiff projections.
  • adj. Shaped like a spine.
  • adj. Difficult; troublesome.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. covered in spines or thorns
  • adj. troublesome; difficult or vexing
  • n. Archaic form of spinny.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of spines; thorny.
  • adj. Like a spine in shape; slender.
  • adj. Fig.: Abounding with difficulties or annoyances.
  • n. See spinny.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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


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