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4 definitions found
 for spiny
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spiny \Spin"y\, a. [From Spine.]
     1. Full of spines; thorny; as, a spiny tree.
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     2. Like a spine in shape; slender. "Spiny grasshoppers sit
        chirping." --Chapman.
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     3. Fig.: Abounding with difficulties or annoyances.
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              The spiny deserts of scholastic philosophy. --Bp.
                                                    Warburton.
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     Spiny lobster. (Zool.) Same as Rock lobster, under
        Rock. See also Lobster.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spiny \Spin"y\, n.
     See Spinny.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  spiny
      adj 1: having spines; "the dorsal fin is spinous" [syn:
             spinous, spiny] [ant: spineless]
      2: having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines
         or thorns or setae etc.; "a horse with a short bristly mane";
         "bristly shrubs"; "burred fruits"; "setaceous whiskers" [syn:
         barbed, barbellate, briary, briery, bristled,
         bristly, burred, burry, prickly, setose,
         setaceous, spiny, thorny]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  72 Moby Thesaurus words for "spiny":
     Herculean, abstruse, acanthoid, acanthous, acicular, acuate,
     aculeate, aculeiform, acuminate, acute, arduous, barbed, brutal,
     complex, cornuted, critical, cusped, cuspidate, delicate,
     demanding, difficile, difficult, exacting, formidable, hairy, hard,
     hard-earned, hard-fought, hispid, horned, horny, intricate,
     jawbreaking, knotted, knotty, laborious, mean, mucronate,
     needle-pointed, needle-sharp, nettlesome, no picnic, not easy,
     operose, pointed, prickly, pronged, rigorous, rough, rugged,
     set with thorns, severe, sharp-pointed, spiculate, spiked, spiky,
     spined, spinous, steep, strenuous, tapered, tapering, thorny,
     ticklish, tined, toilsome, toothed, tough, tricky, unbated, uphill,
     wicked
  
  

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