any sharply pointed projection
Syn: ↑spur, ↑spine
Derivationally related forms: ↑acanthous, ↑spinous (for: ↑spine), ↑spur (for: ↑spur)
Hypernyms: ↑projection

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\\əˈkan(t)thə\ noun (-s)
Etymology: New Latin, from Greek akantha thorn, spine of a fish
: a spine or spinous fin

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acanthˈa noun
1. A thorn, prickle
2. A spiny growth or body part
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Main Entry:acanthus

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  • Acantha — (Greek: Ἀκάνθα, English translation: thorny ) was a minor character in Greek mythology. She was a nymph loved by Apollo, the sun god. In one version of the story, Acantha refused Apollo s advances and scratched his face when he tried to rape her …   Wikipedia

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  • acantha — a·can·tha (ə kănʹthə) n. pl. a·can·thae ( thē) A sharp spiny part or structure, such as the spinous process of a vertebra.   [New Latin, from Greek akantha, thorn.] * * * …   Universalium

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  • acantha — É™ kænθʌ n. spike, thorn (Botany); spiny process (Zoology); spinal column; projecting part of a vertebra …   English contemporary dictionary

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