spinous

adjective
spi·​nous | \ ˈspī-nəs How to pronounce spinous (audio) \

Definition of spinous

1a : spiny sense 2 a spinous plant
2 : difficult or unpleasant to handle or meet : thorny

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English writers have been associating spines with things that are difficult to take since at least 1586, when the English dramatist Thomas Kyd used the word spiny to describe his "cares." "Spinous" took on its figurative use in 1638, when the phrase "spinous criticisms" appeared. "Thorny explications" followed shortly after that, in 1653. Emily Dickinson gets the credit for giving the word prickly its "troublesome" sense. In her 1862 poem that begins "The Child's faith is new," she wrote, "To hold mistaken / His pretty estimates / Of Prickly Things."

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15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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spinous

adjective
spi·​nous | \ ˈspī-nəs How to pronounce spinous (audio) \

Medical Definition of spinous

: slender and pointed like a spine

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