An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (with thorns)
a. thorny (rose bush)
Mi chaqueta se enganchó con el espinoso rosal y la desgarró.My jacket got caught on the thorny rose bush and ripped.
b. prickly (cactus)
El gato se hizo daño al darle un zarpazo al espinoso cáctus.The cat hurt himself when he swiped at the prickly cactus.
2. (containing fish bones)
a. bony
El salmón no es un pescado especialmente espinoso así que es fácil de comer.Salmon is not a particularly bony fish so it's easy to eat.
3. (delicate)
a. thorny
Un funeral no es el momento apropiado para hablar de asuntos tan espinosos como una herencia.A funeral is not the right time to talk about thorny issues like an inheritance.
b. knotty
El valor de ciertas obras de arte contemporáneo es un asunto espinoso incluso para los entendidos.The value of certain works of contemporary art is a knotty issue even for the experts.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (también fig)
a. thorny
1 (con espinas) [+rosal] thorny; [+chumbera] prickly; [+pez] bony
2 [+problema] knotty; thorny
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