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this·tle

 (thĭs′əl)
n.
1. Any of numerous often weedy plants of several genera of the composite family, including Cirsium, Carduus, and Onopordum, having prickly leaves and floral bracts.
2. Any of various other prickly plants, such as Russian thistle.

[Middle English, from Old English thistel; see steig- in Indo-European roots.]

thistle

(ˈθɪsəl)
n
1. (Plants) 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. (Heraldry) 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]
ˈthistly adj

Thistle

(ˈθɪsəl)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) See Order of the Thistle
2. (Heraldry) (sometimes not capital)
a. the emblem of this Order
b. membership of this Order

this•tle

(ˈθɪs əl)

n.
1. any of various prickly composite plants usu. having showy purple flower heads, esp. of the genera Cirsium, Carduus, and Onopordum.
2. any of various other prickly plants.
[before 900; Middle English thistel, Old English, c. Old Saxon thīstil, Old High German distil, Old Norse thistill]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thistle - any of numerous plants of the family Compositae and especially of the genera Carduus and Cirsium and Onopordum having prickly-edged leavesthistle - any of numerous plants of the family Compositae and especially of the genera Carduus and Cirsium and Onopordum having prickly-edged leaves
aster family, Asteraceae, Compositae, family Asteraceae, family Compositae - plants with heads composed of many florets: aster; daisy; dandelion; goldenrod; marigold; lettuces; ragweed; sunflower; thistle; zinnia
Carduus crispus, welted thistle - European biennial introduced in North America having flower heads in crowded clusters at ends of branches
Carduus nutans, musk thistle, nodding thistle - Eurasian perennial naturalized in eastern North America having very spiny white cottony foliage and nodding musky crimson flower heads; valuable source of nectar
carline thistle - a thistle of the genus Carlina
plume thistle, plumed thistle - any of numerous biennial to perennial herbs with handsome purple or yellow or occasionally white flower heads
Cirsium discolor, field thistle - stout North American thistle with purplish-pink flower heads
Cirsium helenioides, Cirsium heterophylum, melancholy thistle - perennial stoloniferous thistle of northern Europe with lanceolate basal leaves and usually solitary heads of reddish-purple flowers
Cnicus benedictus, sweet sultan, blessed thistle - annual of Mediterranean to Portugal having hairy stems and minutely spiny-toothed leaves and large heads of yellow flowers
cotton thistle, Onopordon acanthium, Onopordum acanthium, Scotch thistle, woolly thistle - biennial Eurasian white hairy thistle having pale purple flowers; naturalized in North America
golden thistle - any of several spiny Mediterranean herbs of the genus Scolymus having yellow flower heads
weed - any plant that crowds out cultivated plants
Translations
card
bodlák
tidsel
kardo
ohdaketakiainen
čkalj
bogáncs
òistill
アザミ
엉겅퀴
carduus
dagys
dadzis
scălete
bodliak
tistel
พันธุ์ไม้มีหนามจำพวกหนึ่ง
cây kẽ

thistle

[ˈθɪsl] Ncardo m

thistle

[ˈθɪsəl] nchardon m

thistle

nDistel f

thistle

[ˈθɪsl] ncardo

thistle

(ˈθisl) noun
a type of prickly plant with purple flowers, which grows in fields etc.

thistle

نَبَاتُ الشَّوْك bodlák tidsel Distel γαϊδουράγκαθο cardo ohdake chardon čkalj cardo アザミ 엉겅퀴 distel tistel oset cardo чертополох tistel พันธุ์ไม้มีหนามจำพวกหนึ่ง deve dikeni cây kẽ
References in classic literature ?
In order to secure the grave against secret disturbance, it was sown with thistles.
The plain here looked like that around Buenos Ayres; the turf being short and bright green, with beds of clover and thistles, and with bizcacha holes.
I like to lie here where the children play, beside the ruined wall, among thistles and red poppies.
Then came a little valley overgrown with the pale purple bloom of thistles and elusively haunted with their perfume.
 again, when figs are grown on thistles, and pigs betailed with
Russian thistles were blowing across the uplands and piling against the wire fences like barricades.
It begun then--at the time of the trouble with her lover," nodded Old Tom; "and it seems as if she'd been feedin' on wormwood an' thistles ever since--she's that bitter an' prickly ter deal with.
I am not fond of nettles or thistles, or heath blossoms.
Bear figs for a season or two, and the world outside the orchard is very unwilling you should bear thistles.
By my faith, brother," said he of the Grove, "my stomach is not made for thistles, or wild pears, or roots of the woods; let our masters do as they like, with their chivalry notions and laws, and eat what those enjoin; I carry my prog-basket and this bota hanging to the saddle-bow, whatever they may say; and it is such an object of worship with me, and I love it so, that there is hardly a moment but I am kissing and embracing it over and over again;" and so saying he thrust it into Sancho's hands, who raising it aloft pointed to his mouth, gazed at the stars for a quarter of an hour; and when he had done drinking let his head fall on one side, and giving a deep sigh, exclaimed, "Ah, whoreson rogue, how catholic it is
You are too old to be rocked in your green cradle longer, and should be out among your sister flowers," said Thistle, as he lay idly in the shadow of the tree.
And although I do not think you will care to read his poems for a very long time to come, I write about him here both because he was a great poet and because with one of his poems, The Thistle and the Rose, he takes us back, as it were, over the Border into England once more.