spininess

spiny

[spahy-nee]
adjective, spinier, spiniest.
1.
abounding in or having spines; thorny, as a plant.
2.
covered with or having sharp-pointed processes, as an animal.
3.
in the form of a spine; resembling a spine; spinelike.
4.
troublesome or difficult to handle; thorny: a spiny problem.

Origin:
1580–90; spine + -y1

spininess, noun
nonspiny, adjective
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spiny (ˈspaɪnɪ)
 
adj , spinier, spiniest
1.  (of animals) having or covered with quills or spines
2.  (of plants) covered with spines; thorny
3.  troublesome to handle; puzzling
4.  shaped like a spine
 
'spininess
 
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