Definition of thornlike in US English:

thornlike

adjective

  • See thorn

    • ‘There are 4 rows of these on each side, from the vent rearward, with an equal number of rows of thornlike spines, the latter close set and directed rearward.’
    • ‘It outcompetes forage grasses, and its thornlike prickles pose a threat to workers picking vegetable crops in infested areas.’
    • ‘The sharp, thornlike spines along its leaves arch away from the leaf tip instead of towards it.’
    • ‘Often the dendrites have tiny, thornlike spines on their surfaces, which serve as contact points for parts of other neurons.’
    • ‘This is a defense posture they use in the wild, as they are heavily armored from top to sides with sharp thornlike scales.’