thistly

thistly

[this-lee, -uh-lee]
adjective
1.
filled with or having many thistles.
2.
suggesting a growth of thistles, especially in being difficult or painful to handle: a thistly set of problems.

Origin:
1590–1600; thistle + -y1

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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

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