crown of thorns

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crown′ of thorns′

1. a climbing spurge, Euphorbiamiliisplendens, of Madagascar, having spiny stems and flowers with petallike red bracts.
2. Also, crown′-of-thorns′. a starfish, Acanthaster planci, that feeds on living coral polyps, causing erosion and destruction of coral reefs.
[before 950]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: of thorns - any affliction that causes great suffering; "that is his cross to bear"; "he bears his afflictions like a crown of thorns"
affliction - a state of great suffering and distress due to adversity of thorns - somewhat climbing bushy spurge of Madagascar having long woody spiny stems with few leaves and flowers with scarlet bracts
Euphorbia, genus Euphorbia - type genus of the Euphorbiaceae: very large genus of diverse plants all having milky juice
spurge - any of numerous plants of the genus Euphorbia; usually having milky often poisonous juice of thorns - a mock crown made of thorn branches that Roman soldiers placed on Jesus before the Crucifixion
crown - a wreath or garland worn on the head to signify victory
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latest called of nations,--called to the crown of thorns, the scourge, the bloody sweat, the cross of agony,--this is to be thy victory; by this shalt thou reign with Christ when his kingdom shall come on earth.
We loitered through the grand aisles for an hour or two, staring up at the rich stained-glass windows embellished with blue and yellow and crimson saints and martyrs, and trying to admire the numberless great pictures in the chapels, and then we were admitted to the sacristy and shown the magnificent robes which the Pope wore when he crowned Napoleon I; a wagon-load of solid gold and silver utensils used in the great public processions and ceremonies of the church; some nails of the true cross, a fragment of the cross itself, a part of the crown of thorns.
He stepped back from the window and looked at an icon of the Saviour in His crown of thorns.
Above the lectern was the little lamp and an icon of Christ in His crown of thorns.
From a radiant centre, over the whole length and breadth of the tranquil firmament, great shoots of light streamed among the early stars, like signs of the blessed later covenant of peace and hope that changed the crown of thorns into a glory.
Nature lovers will have the opportunity to get involved through participating in monthly reef clean efforts to remove oceanic litter, coral watch dives to check on new specimens and Crown of Thorns eradication dives to remove the invasive starfish species.
The striking imagery in the film includes a re-enactment of a passion play with Christ's Crown of Thorns being replaced with a crown of syringes to reflect the struggles of addiction faced by those who attend a service called The Saturday Gathering.
Synopsis: The Crown of Thorns held in the Notre Dame Cathedral is a fake.
SYDNEY -- A Queensland university has made a breakthrough in the fight against Crown of Thorns Starfish (COTS), which has significantly damaged the Great Barrier Reef.
G McLANDERS, Byker Crown for a King A SIMPLE rose grows in this land Planted by nature not by hand I grow unwanted everywhere And my fragrance fills the air Not much use to anyone except Their eyes to gaze upon My flowers unpicked are left to die To return in a summer sky Then one day, many years on I awake to find my stems are gone Cut and twisted with grasses bound I find I've turned into a crown For I have been taken for a king But no rejoicing, no bells ring For with this vicious crown of thorns A man called Jesus was adorned A king they said, and he must die Then Jesus Christ was crucified.
In which English city would you find the cathedral of Christ the King which has a stained glass cylinder which culminates in 16 pinnacles which form a crown of thorns against the sky?
Nearly 30 years of monitoring by the Australian Institute of Marine Science has shown that the key impacts on the reef continue to be severe weather events such as cyclones, crown of thorns starfish and coral bleaching, Mr Powell said.