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Indo-European etymology :

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Proto-IE: *(s)pīn-
Meaning: backbone, dorsal fin
Slavic: *spīnā A/C
Baltic: *spī̂-n-ā̂ (2), spī̂-n-iā̃ (2) f.
Germanic: *fin-jō f., -ja- m.
Latin: spīna f. `Dorn, Stachel, Rückgrat, Spitzfindigkeit, Sorge'
Other Italic: Umbr spinia, spina `columnam'
Russ. meaning: позвоночник, спинной хребет
References: WP II 652 f
Comments: Contamination with *spēy- 'prickle'.

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