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sow thistle

[sou] /saʊ/
noun
1.
any composite plant belonging to the genus Sonchus, especially S. oleraceus, a weed having thistlelike leaves, yellow flowers, and a milky juice.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English sowethistel, earlier sugethistel. See sow2, thistle
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  • It is important to distinguish perennial sow thistle from annual sow thistle and prickly lettuce.
British Dictionary definitions for sow thistle

sow thistle

/saʊ/
noun
1.
any of various plants of the Old World genus Sonchus, esp S. oleraceus, having milky juice, prickly leaves, and heads of yellow flowers: family Asteraceae (composites) Also called milk thistle, (NZ) puha, (NZ) rauriki
Word Origin
C13: from sugethistel, perhaps variant of Old English thugethistel, thuthistel thowthistle, a dialect name of the sow thistle. See sow², thistle
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