Definitions

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  • adj. Resembling a thorn or some aspect of one; pointed, acuate.

Etymologies

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thorn +‎ -like

Examples

  • Tropidophorus is a genus of keeled skinks (thus the mention of thornlike scales, which salamanders don't have). posted by Chad Arment @ 11: 30 AM

    Archive 2006-12-01

  • Researchers working in the Biodiversity Research and Training (BRT) programme have discovered a new species of salamander featuring a short tail with thornlike scales.

    Archive 2006-12-01

  • Probably a weed from the broad leaf with the thornlike tips.

    Wellspring of Chaos

  • Kirk looked from it—an inch-long oval of soft plastic with a single thornlike needle projecting from one side—to the still face of Trae.

    Ishmael

  • It was a twelve-foot Fire Angel that had just enteredrusset-colored, with wings like stained-glass windowsand, along with intimations of mortality, it brought me recollections of a praying mantis, with a spiked collar and thornlike claws protruding through its short fur at every suggestion of an angle.

    Sign of Chaos

  • Where round the print of thorns, in thornlike splendour, 55

    Old and New

  • The rough tubercles of the Flounder, and the scattered thornlike tubercles of the Turbot, develop directly, not by the continuous modification of imbricated scales.

    Hormones and Heredity

  • A full-grown male carries a crest of thornlike spines down its head and back; a female’s crest is daintier.

    The Song of The Dodo

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