spi·​ni·​fex ˈspī-nə-ˌfeks How to pronounce spinifex (audio)
: any of several Australian grasses (genera Spinifex and Triodia) with spiny seeds or stiff sharp leaves

Example Sentences

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, 11 Aug. 2017

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spinifex was in 1846

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Cite this Entry

“Spinifex.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spinifex. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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