spiny

adjective
\ ˈspī-nē How to pronounce spiny (audio) \
spinier; spiniest

Definition of spiny

1 : abounding with difficulties, obstacles, or annoyances : thorny spiny problems
2 : covered or armed with spines broadly : bearing spines, prickles, or thorns
3 : slender and pointed like a spine

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Other Words from spiny

spininess noun

Examples of spiny in a Sentence

this promises to be a spiny problem to negotiate
Recent Examples on the Web Multiple species of rockfish, slow-growing creatures with spiny fins and colorful names like canary, darkblotched and yellow eye, were the hardest hit. Gillian Flaccus, The Denver Post, "West Coast fishery rebounds in rare conservation “home run”," 26 Dec. 2019 The spiny round particles are called spherical nucleic acids. Scientific American, "The Power of Spheres," 25 Dec. 2019 Multiple species of rockfish, slow-growing creatures with spiny fins and colorful names like canary, darksplotched and yellow eye, were the hardest hit. Fortune, "West Coast Fishery Rebounds in Rare Conservation ‘Home Run’," 26 Dec. 2019 Multiple species of rockfish, slow-growing creatures with spiny fins and colorful names like canary, darksplotched and yellow eye, were the hardest hit. CBS News, ""The biggest environmental story that no one knows about": The recovery of groundfish off the West Coast," 26 Dec. 2019 The team found deep beds of thousands of the shells of spiny sea snails called Murex — which make the vivid purple substance within their bodies — in several small buildings in the settlement but not in the large building. Fox News, "Gold and jewels found on Minoan Island devoted to the color purple," 12 Dec. 2019 The species taken included: Florida box turtles, Eastern box turtles, striped mud turtles, Florida mud turtles, chicken turtles, Florida softshell turtles, Gulf Coast spiny softshell turtles, spotted turtles and diamondback terrapins. Fox News, "Two suspects charged in largest seizure of turtles in recent history, FWC says," 19 Oct. 2019 Bennett is bringing in big catches of something that Cape fishermen once tossed back in disgust: a species of small shark called spiny dogfish. BostonGlobe.com, "A short documentary exploring climate change on Cape Cod," 26 Sep. 2019 Two green sturgeon, six spiny dogfish sharks and one grass rockfish are headed across the Yaquina Bay, leaving one aquarium home for a new one. Jamie Hale | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Animals at closed Undersea Gardens will go to Oregon Coast Aquarium," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of spiny

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of spiny was in 1586

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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Spiny.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spiny. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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More Definitions for spiny

spiny

adjective
How to pronounce spiny (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of spiny

: having or covered with many sharp, pointed parts

spiny

adjective
\ ˈspī-nē How to pronounce spiny (audio) \
spinier; spiniest

Kids Definition of spiny

: covered with spines

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