Find the word definition

Crossword clues for spiny

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ a spiny lobster
▪ Also infesting this domain are the dramatically spiny sea urchins.
▪ Although they are not completely spiny, they are nevertheless prickly enough to repel all but the most desperate of predators.
▪ Butterflyfish have a spiny dorsal fin, which they are quite prepared to use in attack.
▪ Gao Ma stumbled toward it and reached but to grab a branch covered with spiny hollyhocks.
▪ It is with the porcupines, however, that the spiny defensive system reaches its zenith.
▪ The spiny newt protects itself by squirting poison into the mouths of predators.
▪ The city lies against and below two short spiny ribs of hill.
▪ The two kinds of lobsters are the true lobster and the spiny or rock lobster.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Spiny \Spin"y\, a. [From Spine.]

  1. Full of spines; thorny; as, a spiny tree.

  2. Like a spine in shape; slender. ``Spiny grasshoppers sit chirping.''

  3. Fig.: Abounding with difficulties or annoyances.

    The spiny deserts of scholastic philosophy.
    --Bp. Warburton.

    Spiny lobster. (Zo["o]l.) Same as Rock lobster, under Rock. See also Lobster.


Spiny \Spin"y\, n. See Spinny.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1580s, from spine + -y (2). Related: Spininess.


a. 1 covered in spines or thorns 2 troublesome; difficult or vexing 3 Like a spine in shape; slender. n. (archaic form of spinny English)

  1. adj. having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.; "a horse with a short bristly mane"; "bristly shrubs"; "burred fruits"; "setaceous whiskers" [syn: barbed, barbellate, briary, briery, bristled, bristly, burred, burry, prickly, setose, setaceous, thorny]

  2. [also: spiniest, spinier]


Spiny may refer to:

  • Spiny, Poland, a village in the district of Gmina Pakosławice, within Nysa County, Opole Voivodeship, in south-western Poland
  • Spiny (Mario), a fictional four-legged creature in Super Mario Bros, often thrown by Lakitus

Usage examples of "spiny".

Hey, I like Lanny just fine, but, well, even he knew he was about as good-looking as the south end of a northbound spiny lobster.

Gunn and Ugly get out of the cab and Spiny and Angel get out of the back.

Angel, Ugly and Spiny carry in the coffin with Angel chuckling maniacally.

Ugly gets off one last shot in their direction, hitting Spiny in the forehead.

PVSJ rustled past him on spiny, membranous appendages in the chlorine section and Conway found himself wanting desperately to talk to it, about anything.

The shapeless, spiny body with the dry, rustling membrane joining upper and lower appendages belonged unmistakably to the PVSJ chlorine-breathers.

They were all over him, chewing and thrashing at the fabric of his suit with their teeth and spiny legs, digging their heads and stingers down into his flesh.

Over the head of the insect the exoskeleton was spiny and luminous gold with perhaps a hundred inch-long soft fibers extruding from beneath that looked remarkably like human hair.

Hundreds of spiny treeships rose together like a flurry of seeds showered into the sky, and moved beyond the boundaries of atmosphere.

With only a thought, he guided his spiny seedship directly into the fight.

Blue lightning bolts sizzled out, along with icewave spurts, but the spiny treeships ignored the searing energy.

The long tail too is against its resemblance to the hedgehogs, which rests principally on its spiny pelage.

Fur of two kinds, fine and soft, with longer and more spiny ones intermixed.

The short, broad, spiny hairs, lying a short way in front of the quills, are yellow at their bases, the remaining portion being deep brown, whereas those more quill-like spiny hairs, immediately before the quills, have both ends yellow tipped.

At any rate, the road took the three men through a small chestnut forest, over rain-grooved stones covered with green spiny pods, and out onto a broad, stubbly, treeless plain.