spiry

spiry

1 [spahyuhr-ee]
adjective
1.
having the form of a spire, slender shoot, or tapering pointed body; tapering up to a point like a spire.
2.
abounding in spires or steeples.

Origin:
1595–1605; spire1 + -y1

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spiry

2 [spahy-ree]
adjective
spiral; coiled; coiling; helical.

Origin:
1670–80; spire2 + -y1

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spire1 (spaɪə)
 
n
1.  Also called: steeple a tall structure that tapers upwards to a point, esp one on a tower or roof or one that forms the upper part of a steeple
2.  a slender tapering shoot or stem, such as a blade of grass
3.  the apical part of any tapering formation; summit
 
vb
4.  (intr) to assume the shape of a spire; point up
5.  (tr) to furnish with a spire or spires
 
[Old English spīr blade; related to Old Norse spīra stalk, Middle Low German spīr shoot, Latin spīna thorn]
 
'spiry1
 
adj

spiry (ˈspaɪərɪ)
 
adj
poetic of spiral form; helical

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