spi·​ni·​fex | \ ˈspī-nə-ˌfeks How to pronounce spinifex (audio) \

Definition of spinifex

: any of several Australian grasses (genera Spinifex and Triodia) with spiny seeds or stiff sharp leaves

Examples of spinifex in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During rare years with sustained downpours, moist swales are carpeted with spiky spinifex grasses that take on the appearance of fields of golden wheat. John Pickrell, Science | AAAS, "Australia to ax support for long-term ecology sites," 11 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of spinifex

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spinifex

New Latin, from Latin spina + facere to make — more at do

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“Spinifex.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spinifex. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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