Spindle-shaped Spin"dle-shaped`, a. 1. Having the shape of a spindle. [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot.) Thickest in the middle, and tapering to both ends; fusiform; -- applied chiefly to roots. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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