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1Botany and Zoology. Somewhat spinous. Now rare.
2Located or occurring under a spinous process of a bone, especially that of the scapula. Compare earlier "subspinal".
Early 19th century; earliest use found in William Turton (1762–1835), conchologist. From sub- + spinous. In sense 1 after post-classical Latin subspinosus.
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