Definition of spinose in English:


(also spinous)

Pronunciation /ˈspʌɪnəʊs//spʌɪˈnəʊs/


Zoology Botany
  • Having spines; spiny.

    ‘spinose forms will need care in collecting’
    • ‘The ocelli (eye-like spots) on the spinous dorsal fin of males are metallic blue, surrounded by a golden ring.’
    • ‘Shells of T. inornatus are lacking the spinose projections of the lamellae along the subsutural keel.’
    • ‘Reproductively active individuals may have a uniform dark gray body with pale abdominal striping and a pale margin on the spinous region of the dorsal fin.’
    • ‘With their narrow, subrectangular glabellas often carrying paired spines or nodes and spinose librigenal margins they resemble protaspides attributed to lichids.’
    • ‘This species forms straight chains with cells held together by fusion of long spinose appendages called setae, of which there are four per cell.’
    prickly, spiky, thorny, thistly, briary, brambly, bristly, bristled, spiked, barbed, pronged, scratchy, sharp
    View synonyms