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Christ's-thorn

[krahysts-thawrn] /ˈkraɪstsˌθɔrn/
noun
1.
any of certain Old World thorny shrubs or small trees supposed to have been used for Christ's crown of thorns, as the Jerusalem thorn, Paliurus spina-christi, or the jujube, Ziziphus jujuba.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; translation of Latin spīna Chrīstī
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Christ's-thorn

noun
1.
any of several rhamnaceous plants of SW Asia, such as Paliurus spina-christi or the jujube, that have thorny stems and are popularly believed to have been used for Christ's Crown of Thorns
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