Spine

Spine

(?), n. [L. spina thorn, the spine; akin to spica a point: cf. OF. espine, F. pine. Cf. Spike, Spinet a musical instrument, Spinny.] 1. (Bot.) A sharp appendage to any of a plant; a thorn.
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2. (Zol.) (a) A rigid and sharp projection upon any part of an animal. (b) One of the rigid and undivided fin rays of a fish.
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3. (Anat.) The backbone, or spinal column, of an animal; -- so called from the projecting processes upon the vertebr.
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4. Anything resembling the spine or backbone; a ridge.
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