spinousness, n.
/spuy"neuhs/, adj.
1. covered with or having spines; thorny, as a plant.
2. armed with or bearing sharp-pointed processes, as an animal.
3. spinelike.
[1630-40; < L spinosus; see SPINE, -OUS]

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