christ's thorn

Christ's-thorn

[krahysts-thawrn]
noun
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:
1555–65; translation of Latin spīna Chrīstī

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Christ's-thorn
 
n
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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