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  • n. The property of being thorny (of having thorns or metaphorically being difficult).

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

  • n. the quality of being covered with prickly thorns or spines
  • n. a rough and bitter manner


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  • Characteristics such as size, pulp color and flavor, peel thickness and thorniness are taken into consideration, whether cultivation takes place in the wild or elsewhere.

    Culinary travel in the Mixteca Poblana: The avocado route

  • Perhaps it is the Grand Guignol of the plot; perhaps it is the thorniness of the language.

    The Duchess of Malfi

  • For my part, the thorniness of the term "experimental" comes when it's used in an attempt to define a class of novels or novelists.

    “Experimental writing”

  • This thorniness was why he feared talking to her about this subject or any other that she had quarantined.

    A Happy Marriage

  • Such, of course, brings Moi back full circle to the form of the prose poem -- its unmitigated bastardliness, its thorniness, its holy humanity.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • The shibboleth that music to be serious required public disdain mistook thorniness for quality.

    The 'Mash of Myriad Sounds'

  • The lack of an outline hints at the thorniness of the core issues, which include recognition of Israel, the fate of Palestinian refugees, and control over the holy city of Jerusalem.

    Pushing Peace

  • The rose is the most prominent image in the human brain, as to delicacy, beauty, short-livedness, thorniness.

    Thematic Essay: The Rose

  • The most characteristic feature of the jungle was its thorniness.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • Did Miss Burridge grow roses because they had so many traits in common with her adolescent pupils -- softness, dewiness, sweetness, occasional thorniness?



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