spi|nes|cent


spi|nes|cent
spi|nes|cent «spy NEHS uhnt», adjective.
1. Botany. a) developing into, or ending in, a spine or thorn. b) bearing or covered with spines.
2. Zoology. coarse and spinelike, as feathers or hair.
[< Late Latin spīnēscēns, -entis, present participle of spīnēscere grow thorny < Latin spīna; see etym. under spine]

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