Definition of spinulose in English:

spinulose

adjective

Zoology Botany
  • Having small spines.

    • ‘In it grow such ferns as adder's tongue fern, bog fern, Christmas fern, crested fern, Goldie's fern, maidenhair fern, New York fern, ostrich fern, and spinulose woodfern.’
    • ‘Oak fern and spinulose wood fern are common, along with strawberryleaf raspberry, threeleaf foamflower, and twisted-stalk.’
    • ‘Also, the outermost apical exopodal setae (also a ‘spine’) of swimming legs 1-4 have an inner margin bearing a row of short hair-like setules, with the outer margin lightly spinulose to its tip.’
    • ‘The terminals studied have the type of pollen morphology described by Nowicke: pantoporate, spinulose and punctate ektexine with very small, numerous, sparsely-distributed pores.’
    • ‘Galls of D. polita are spherical and spinulose, averaging from 3.5 to 12 mm in diameter, and are found in clusters on the adaxial surface of leaflets.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from modern Latin spinulosus, from spinula, diminutive of spina ‘thorn, spine’.

Pronunciation

spinulose

/ˈspɪnjʊləʊs/