spinescence

spinescent

[spahy-nes-uhnt]
adjective
1.
Botany.
a.
becoming spinelike.
b.
ending in a spine.
c.
bearing spines.
2.
Zoology. somewhat spinelike; coarse, as hair.

Origin:
1785–95; < Late Latin spīnēscent- (stem of spīnēscēns, present participle of spīnēscere to grow thorny). See spine, -escent

spinescence, noun
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spinescent (spaɪˈnɛsənt)
 
adj
1.  having or resembling a spine or spines
2.  becoming spiny
 
[C18: from Late Latin spīnēscere to become thorny, from Latin spīna a thorn]
 
spi'nescence
 
n

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