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English definition of “thorny”

thorny

adjective     /ˈθɔːni/
PLANT covered in thorns Parts of plants
PROBLEM A thorny problem , question , subject , etc is difficult to deal with.Complicated and difficult to doDifficult to understand
(Definition of thorny adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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