of the nature of or resembling a
; light, porous, and elastic or readily compressible, as pith or bread.
having the absorbent characteristics of a
; absorbing or holding liquid or yielding liquid when pressed.
of or pertaining to a
lacking in firmness or solidity:
spongy wood; a spongy feeling from the car brakes.
moist and soft; soggy:
porous but hard, as bone.
of or resembling a sponge, esp in texture, porosity, elasticity, or compressibility:
of or like a sponge in respect of its capacity to absorb fluid and yield it when compressed
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Resembling a sponge in appearance, elasticity, or porosity.
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Pull off and discard long, spongy gills from sides of body.
Their systems are so spongy that they can be expanded and contracted.
Spongy-brained, bitter over the astounding growth of organics, and a curious pink color.
Wheat flour is best adapted for bread making, as it contains gluten in the right proportion to make the spongy loaf.
It essentially provides the spongy weightless feeling of a hammock with the back and leg support of a proper chair.
Silk has made its way from the soft curves of the body to the spongy folds of the brain.
Newt tissue, on the other hand, grows a spongy little cap at the site of amputation.
The agnolotti, packets of lemony white-bean purée, came with spongy chunks of octopus and extraneous cubes of chorizo.
The narrator was shocked to discover that the reef was spongy and alive.
Discard egg-shaped stomach, spongy gills, and the skin covering the siphon.
One was bigger than the other and they also felt slimy and spongy, but they looked more disgusting.
The oldest, partially decayed vegetation at the bottom of the bog forms a thick, spongy mat called peat.
Cork comes from the resilient, spongy bark of the cork tree.
The soft, spongy turf was piled in damp layers, dense with past growth.
But liquor has so liquefied his spongy brain that his personae are beginning to dissolve from all this overtime dissipation.
It's much thicker than the other one but it's also soft and spongy.
They can't eat solid food since their spongy mouthparts are too soft to break up food.
Adenoids are collections of spongy lymph tissue in the back of the throat, similar to the tonsils.
The lungs are two spongy organs surrounded by a thin, moist membrane called the pleura.
The spongy, jelly-filled disks separating the bones in the spine can also slip out of place and press on a nerve.
My friend also noticed the ground seemed spongy underfoot.
But soft dollars in the securities industry have nothing to do with campaign finance and spongy political contributions.
There are two types of bone tissue: compact and spongy.
They are primarily compact bone but may have a large amount of spongy bone at the ends or extremities.
The oddly shaped bones and the ends of long bones usually are mostly spongy bone with a layer of compact bone around them.
Long bones are primarily compact bone but may have a large amount of spongy bone at the ends or extremities.
They formed layers of a spongy material called peat.
The broad leathery leaves are held above the water by swollen, spongy leaf bases which surround the stem to form a float.
The ground in a bog is spongy and consists largely of partially-decayed plant material known as peat.
They are positioned above a prominent keel of spongy aerenchyma tissue which aids in keeping the large leaves afloat.
They are disseminated primarily by water, buoyed by a spongy shell.