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crown-of-thorns

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1.
a starfish, Acanthaster planci, that has a spiny test and feeds on living coral in coral reefs
2.
Also called Christ's thorn. a thorny euphorbiaceous Madagascan shrub, Euphorbia milii var. splendens, cultivated as a hedging shrub or pot plant, having flowers with scarlet bracts
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