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spinescent

[spahy-nes-uh nt] /spaɪˈnɛs ənt/
adjective
1.
Botany.
  1. becoming spinelike.
  2. ending in a spine.
  3. bearing spines.
2.
Zoology. somewhat spinelike; coarse, as hair.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; < Late Latin spīnēscent- (stem of spīnēscēns, present participle of spīnēscere to grow thorny). See spine, -escent
Related forms
spinescence, noun
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  • The inflorescence branches are divaricate, rigid, and sometimes spinescent.
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spinescent

/spaɪˈnɛsənt/
adjective (biology)
1.
having or resembling a spine or spines
2.
becoming spiny
Derived Forms
spinescence, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Late Latin spīnēscere to become thorny, from Latin spīna a thorn
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