thistle

[this-uhl]
noun
1.
any of various prickly, composite plants having showy, purple flower heads, especially of the genera Cirsium, Carduus, or Onopordum.
2.
any of various other prickly plants.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English thistel, Old English; cognate with Dutch distel, German Distel, Old Norse thistill

thistlelike, adjective
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thistle (ˈθɪsəl)
 
n
1.  any of numerous plants of the genera Cirsium,Carduus, and related genera, having prickly-edged leaves, pink, purple, yellow, or white dense flower heads, and feathery hairs on the seeds: family Asteraceae (composites)
2.  a thistle, or a representation of one, as the national emblem of Scotland
 
[Old English thīstel, related to Old Saxon, Old High German thīstil, Old Norse thīstill]
 
'thistly
 
adj

Thistle (ˈθɪsəl)
 
n
1.  See Order of the Thistle
2.  (sometimes not capital)
 a.  the emblem of this Order
 b.  membership of this Order

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thistle
prickly herbaceous plant, O.E. þistel, from P.Gmc. *thikhstula (cf. O.H.G. distil, Ger. Distel, O.N. þistell, Dan. tidsel), of unknown origin. Emblem of Scotland since 15c.
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Bible Dictionary

Thistle definition


(1.) Heb. hoah (2 Kings 14:9; Job 31:40). In Job 41:2 the Hebrew word is rendered "thorn," but in the Revised Version "hook." It is also rendered "thorn" in 2 Chr. 33:11; Prov. 26:9; Cant. 2:2; "brambles" in Isa. 34:13. It is supposed to be a variety of the wild plum-tree, but by some it is regarded as the common thistle, of which there are many varieties in Palestine. (2.) Heb. dardar, meaning "a plant growing luxuriantly" (Gen. 3:18; Hos. 10:8); Gr. tribolos, "a triple point" (Matt. 7:16; Heb. 6:8, "brier," R.V. "thistle"). This was probably the star-thistle, called by botanists Centaurea calcitropa, or "caltrops," a weed common in corn-fields. (See THORNS.)

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Example sentences
Milk thistles were also gathered as was the blessed thistle.
Plants have more than thorns and thistles to protect themselves-they can cry
  for help.
Several native thistles exist in prairies that may be confused with exotic
  species.
The plants are easily distinguished from other thistles by its silvery leaf
  margins and absence of hairs or fuzz on the leaves.
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