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ˈθɪs əlThis·tle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. thistlenoun

    any of numerous plants of the family Compositae and especially of the genera Carduus and Cirsium and Onopordum having prickly-edged leaves


  1. thistlenoun

    Any of several perennial composite plants, especially of genera Cirsium, Carduus, Cynara or Onopordum, having prickly leaves and showy flower heads with prickly bracts.

  2. thistlenoun

    This plant seen as the national emblem of Scotland.

  3. thistlenoun

    The Order of the Thistle, or membership thereof.

  4. Etymology: From þistel, from þistilaz. *þīh- from *teyg-, which is a variant of steyg-; from this same Proto-Indo-European root comes English stick. Cognates include German Distel and Icelandic þistill.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Thistle goldennoun

    A plant.

    The golden thistle hath the appearance of a thistle: the flower consists of many half florets, which rest on the embrios; each of these are separated by a thin leaf, and on the top of each embrio is fastened a little leaf. Philip Miller.

  2. Thistlenoun

    carduus, Lat. A prickly weed growing in corn fields.

    Etymology: þistel , Saxon; diestel, Dutch;

    The leaves of the thistle grow alternately on the branches, and are prickly; and the heads are, for the most part, squamose and prickly. Philip Miller.

    Hateful docks, rough thistles, kecksies, burs. William Shakespeare.

    Get you some carduus benedictus, and lay it to your heart. ———— There thou prick’st her with a thistle. William Shakespeare.

    Thorns also and thistles it shall bring thee forth. John Milton.

    Tough thistles choak’d the fields, and kill’d the corn,
    And an unthrifty crop of weeds was born. Dryden.

    Rie grass will kill thistles. John Mortimer, Husb.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thistlenoun

    any one of several prickly composite plants, especially those of the genera Cnicus, Craduus, and Onopordon. The name is often also applied to other prickly plants


  1. Thistle

    Thistle is the common name of a group of flowering plants characterised by leaves with sharp prickles on the margins, mostly in the family Asteraceae. Prickles often occur all over the plant – on surfaces such as those of the stem and flat parts of leaves. These are an adaptation that protects the plant against herbivorous animals, discouraging them from feeding on the plant. Typically, an involucre with a clasping shape of a cup or urn subtends each of a thistle's flowerheads. The term thistle is sometimes taken to mean exactly those plants in the tribe Cynareae, especially the genera Carduus, Cirsium, and Onopordum. However, plants outside this tribe are sometimes called thistles, and if this is done thistles would form a polyphyletic group. Thistle is the floral emblem of Scotland.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Thistle

    this′l, n. a genus of prickly plants.—n. This′tle-down, the tufted feathery bristles of the seeds of the thistle.—adj. This′tly, overgrown with thistles. [A.S. thistel; Ger. distel.]

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Anagrams for Thistle »

  1. shittle

  2. Lettish

  3. lithest

  4. listeth

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Thistle in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Thistle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Thistle in a Sentence

  1. Gabrielle Francis:

    You want to wake up and have some protein and drink tons and tons of water and maybe some herbal teas that help to protect the liver like milk thistle, dandelion tea and green tea.

  2. Frances Hodgson Burnett:

    Where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle may not grow.

  3. Abraham Lincoln:

    All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.

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    established or prearranged unalterably
    • A. ravening
    • B. butch
    • C. epidemic
    • D. foreordained

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