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Dictionary entry overview: What does thorny mean?
• THORNY (adjective)
The adjective THORNY has 2 senses:
1. bristling with perplexities
2. having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.
Familiarity information: THORNY used as an adjective is rare.
Dictionary entry details
|Sense 1||thorny [BACK TO TOP]|
Bristling with perplexities
the thorny question of states' rights
|Sense 2||thorny [BACK TO TOP]|
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
armed ((used of plants and animals) furnished with bristles and thorns)
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