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Meaning of THISTLE

Pronunciation:  'thisul

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  any of numerous plants of the family Compositae and especially of the genera Carduus and Cirsium and Onopordum having prickly-edged leaves

THISTLE is a 7 letter word that starts with T.


 See Also: aster family, Asteraceae, blessed thistle, Carduus crispus, Carduus nutans, carline thistle, Cirsium discolor, Cirsium helenioides, Cirsium heterophylum, Cnicus benedictus, Compositae, cotton thistle, family Asteraceae, family Compositae, field thistle, golden thistle, melancholy thistle, musk thistle, nodding thistle, Onopordon acanthium, Onopordum acanthium, plume thistle, plumed thistle, Scotch thistle, sweet sultan, weed, welted thistle, woolly thistle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\This"tle\, n. [OE. thistil, AS. [thorn]istel; akin to
D. & G. distel, OHG. distila, distil, Icel. [thorn]istill,
Sw. tistel, Dan. tidsel; of uncertain origin.] (Bot.)
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.

{Blessed thistle}, {Carduus benedictus}, so named because it
   was formerly considered an antidote to the bite of
   venomous creatures.

{Bull thistle}, {Cnicus lanceolatus}, the common large
   thistle of neglected pastures.

{Canada thistle}, {Cnicus arvensis}, a native of Europe, but
   introduced into the United States from Canada.

{Cotton thistle}, {Onopordon Acanthium}.

{Fuller's thistle}, the teasel.

{Globe thistle}, {Melon thistle}, etc. See under {Globe},
   {Melon}, etc.

{Pine thistle}, {Atractylis gummifera}, a native of the
   Mediterranean region. A vicid gum resin flows from the

{Scotch thistle}, either the cotton thistle, or the musk
   thistle, or the spear thistle; -- all used national
   emblems of Scotland.

{Sow thistle}, {Sonchus oleraceus}.

{Spear thistle}. Same as {Bull thistle}.

{Star thistle}, a species of {Centaurea}. See {Centaurea}.

{Torch thistle}, a candelabra-shaped plant of the genus
   Cereus. See {Cereus}.

{Yellow thistle}, {Cincus horridulus}.

{Thistle bird} (Zo["o]l.), the American goldfinch, or
   yellow-bird ({Spinus tristis}); -- so called on account of
   its feeding on the seeds of thistles. See Illust. under

{Thistle butterfly} (Zo["o]l.), a handsomely colored American
   butterfly ({Vanessa cardui}) whose larva feeds upon
   thistles; -- called also {painted lady}.

{Thistle cock} (Zo["o]l.), the corn bunting ({Emberiza
   militaria}). [Prov. Eng.]

{Thistle crown}, a gold coin of England of the reign of James
   I., worth four shillings.

{Thistle finch} (Zo["o]l.), the goldfinch; -- so called from
   its fondness for thistle seeds. [Prov. Eng.]

{Thistle funnel}, a funnel having a bulging body and flaring

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing thistle in your dream, represents your need to feel protected. You may be putting up an emotional barrier around you and pushing the people around you away.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(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.)