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spīnōsus , a, um, adj. spina,
I.full of thorns or prickles, thorny, prickly.
II. Trop., thorny.
1. Of style, harsh, crabbed, obscure, confused, perplexed: “Stoicorum spinosum disserendi genus,Cic. Fin. 3, 1, 3: “oratio,id. de Or. 1, 18, 83.—Comp.: “haec enim spinosiora prius ut confitear me cogunt,Cic. Tusc. 1, 8, 16; id. Or. 32, 114; Varr. L. L. 8, § 51 Müll.—Sup.: “praeceptorum nodosissimae et spinosissimae disciplinae,Aug. Doctr. Chr. 2, 37.—
2. Of cares, stinging, galling. irritating: “curae,Cat. 64, 72; cf. spina, II.
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