echinate

adjective
echi·​nate | \ -nə̇t, -ˌnāt \
variants: or less commonly echinated \ -​ˌnātə̇d \

Definition of echinate

: densely covered with stiff bristles or spines : prickly like a hedgehog — compare echinulate , muricate

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History and Etymology for echinate

echinate from Latin echinatus, from echin- + -atus -ate; echinated from Latin echinatus + English -ed

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“Echinate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/echinate. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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