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English definition of “thorny”

thorny

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