spinifex [spin′i feks΄]
ModL < L spina,SPINE + facere, to make, DO1
any of a genus (Spinifex) of Australian grasses with pointed leaves and bristly seed heads

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spi·ni·fex (spīʹnə-fĕks') n.
Any of various clump-forming, perennial Australian grasses, chiefly of the genus Triodia, growing in arid regions and having awl-shaped, pointed leaves.
  [New Latin Spīnifex, former genus name : Latin spīna, thorn + Latin -fex; See dhē-.

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