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spin•ney  (spinē), 
n., pl. -neys. [Brit.]

    British Termsa small wood or thicket.
  • Middle French espinei (masculine), espinaie (feminine) a place full of thorns, derivative of espine spine; compare Late Latin spīnētum difficulty, equivalent. to Latin spīn(a) thorn (see spine) + -ētum noun, nominal suffix (see arboretum)
  • Middle English 1300–50

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spinney /ˈspɪnɪ/ n
  1. chiefly Brit a small wood or copse
Etymology: 16th Century: from Old French espinei, from espine thorn, from Latin spīna

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