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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: spina

spine

noun
     
spine
spine
1HBH [countable] the row of bones down the centre of your back that supports your body and protects your spinal cord [= backbone; ↪ spinal]
2HB [countable] a stiff sharp point on an animal or plant [↪ spiny]:
cactus spines
3TCN [countable] the part of a book that the pages are fastened onto
4 [uncountable] courage or determination

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