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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 thorny /ˈθɔrni/
 (a.)多刺的,痛苦的

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Thorn·y a. [Compar. Thornier superl. Thorniest.]
 1. Full of thorns or spines; rough with thorns; spiny; as, a thorny wood; a thorny tree; a thorny crown.
 2. Like a thorn or thorns; hence, figuratively, troublesome; vexatious; harassing; perplexing. “The thorny point of bare distress.”
    The steep and thorny way to heaven.   --Shak.
 Thorny rest-harrow Bot., rest-harrow.
 Thorny trefoil, a prickly plant of the genus Fagonia (Fagonia Cretica, etc.).
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 thorny
      adj 1: bristling with perplexities; "the thorny question of states'
             rights"
      2: having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines
         or thorns or setae etc.; "a horse with a short bristly
         mane"; "bristly shrubs"; "burred fruits"; "setaceous
         whiskers" [syn: barbed, barbellate, briary, briery,
          bristled, bristly, burred, burry, prickly, setose,
          setaceous, spiny]
      [also: thorniest, thornier]