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adjective as in pricky

adjective as in thistly

adjective as in thorny

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Under a lens, they usually appear covered with spinous eminences, arranged like scales.

The back bone receives its name, spine, or spinal column, from these spinous processes.

The lower leaves of this plant are spinous and very glaucous, and the upper ones palmate.

The arches or spinous processes are the occipital crest, the parietals, the frontals, and the nasals.

The fifth and sixth generations are now growing without exhibiting the least tendency to revert to the spinous form.


On this page you'll find 43 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to spinous, such as: barbed, briery, bristling, bristly, echinate, and prickly.

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