starthistle

star thistle

noun
any of several naturalized Eurasian plants of the genus Centaurea, especially C. calcitrapa, having purplish, spiny flower heads.
Also, star-thistle.
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star thistle
 
n
See also centaury any of several plants of the genus Centaurea, esp C. calcitrapa, of Eurasia, which has spiny purplish flower heads: family Asteraceae (composites)
 
[C16: so called because it has a thistle-shaped flower surrounded by radiating spines]

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