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spinifex

[spahy-nuh-feks] /ˈspaɪ nəˌfɛks/
noun, plural spinifex, spinifexes.
1.
any of several Australian grasses of the genera Spinifex, Plectrachne, or Triodia, having spiny seeds and stiff, sharp-pointed leaves that grow in dense masses.
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  • Here she was shown how to grind spinifex resin, and was taken to a grotto knotted with fossils.
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spinifex

/ˈspɪnɪˌfɛks/
noun
1.
(Austral) Also called porcupine grass. any of various coarse spiny-leaved inland grasses of the genus Triodia
2.
any grass of the SE Asian genus Spinifex, having pointed leaves and spiny seed heads: often planted to bind loose sand
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Latin spīna a thorn + -fex maker, from facere to make
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