carline thistle

Carline thistle

Car"line this`tle\ [F. carline, It., Sp., & Pg., carlina. Said to be so called from the Emperor Charlemagne, whose army is reputed to have used it as a remedy for pestilence.] (Bot.) A prickly plant of the genus Carlina (C. vulgaris), found in Europe and Asia.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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