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acanthous

Definition:

shaped like a spine or thorn

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

acantha

Comparative:

more acanthous

Superlative:

most acanthous

Similar to:

pointed

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

acanthoid | spinous

Etymology:

acanth ("spine") + -ous ("having")
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

spinous | acanthous | spinose [sense-specific]

resembling a spine or thorn | having spines or spiny projections | another word for "spinose" (14 of 204 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/spinous

Random House Dictionary:

spinous | acanthous | spinelike [synonym, sense-specific]

covered with or having spines; thorny, as a plant. | armed with or bearing sharp-pointed processes, as an animal. | spinelike (19 of 27 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/spinous

Wiktionary:

acanthous | Spinous [synonym]

Spinous. (1 of 8 words, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/acanthous

New World Dictionary:

acanthoid | acanthous

spiny; spine-shaped (2 of 7 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/acanthoid

Wikipedia:

Vertebral column | backbone | spine

a bony structure found in Vertebrates. It's formed from the vertebrae. In human anatomy, the vertebral column usually consists of 24 articulating vertebrae, and nine fused vertebrae in the sacrum and the coccyx. It's situated in the dorsal aspect of... (40 of 1528 words, 2 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Vertebral column

American Heritage Dictionary:

acanthoid

Shaped like a thorn or spine. (6 of 9 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/acanthoid

Merriam-Webster:

spinous | thorny [synonym, sense-specific] | spiny [synonym, sense-specific]

"spiny" [sense-specific] ; "spiny" [sense-specific] | difficult or unpleasant to handle or meet; "thorny" (13 of 33 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/spinous

Macmillan British Dictionary:

pointy [informal] | pointier [comparative] | pointiest [superlative]

with a point at the end (6 of 34 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/pointy

Oxford Dictionary:

pointy | pointier [comparative] | pointiest [superlative]

Syllabification: (point·y) | [informal] | having a pointed tip or end (9 of 31 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/pointy

pointy [informal] | pointier [comparative] | pointiest [superlative]

having a pointed tip or end (6 of 27 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/pointy

Cambridge Dictionary:

pointy [informal]

shaped into a point (4 of 15 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/pointy

Columbia Encyclopedia:

spinal column | vertebral column | spinal columns | backbone | coccyx | sacrum

bony column forming the main structural support of the skeleton of humans and other vertebrates, also known as the vertebral column or backbone. It ... (24 of 260 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0846282​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

spinous

with, covered with, or resembling spines (6 of 22 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 561508086​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Wiktionary:

acanthous

Origin: acanth ("spine") + -ous ("having")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/acanthous

acanthoid

Origin: acanth ("thorn") + -oid ("resembling")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/acanthoid

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

acanthous

Audio: British English pronunciation of "acanthous"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/acanthous

acanthoid

Audio: British English pronunciation of "acanthoid"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/acanthoid

the Free Dictionary:

acanthous

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "acanthous"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "acanthous"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/acanthous

acanthoid

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "acanthoid" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/acanthoid

YourDictionary Audio:

acanthoid

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "acanthoid" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/acanthoid

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