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Origin: OF. Espinaye,espinoye, espinei, espanoi, F. Epinaie, from L. Spinetum a thicket of thorns, fr. Spina a thorn. See Spine.

A small thicket or grove with undergrowth; a clump of trees.

Alternative forms: spinney, and spinny] The downs rise steep, crowned with black fir spinnies. (C. Kingsley)