bull thistle


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bull thistle

n.
A biennial Eurasian thistle (Cirsium vulgare) in the composite family, naturalized in North America and having heads of purplish flowers and spiny stems and leaves.

[From its large head.]
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bull′ this`tle


n.
a tall, spiny thistle, Cirsium vulgare, having heads of pink to purple flowers: a common weed in North America.
[1860–65]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bull thistle - European thistle with rather large heads and prickly leavesbull thistle - European thistle with rather large heads and prickly leaves; extensively naturalized as a weed in the United States
plume thistle, plumed thistle - any of numerous biennial to perennial herbs with handsome purple or yellow or occasionally white flower heads
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However, at one particular seep (lower down the hillslope and with more soil) the colony had disappeared, and invasive species (bull thistle Cirsium vulgare, rye grass Festuca, vervain Verbena) predominated.
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The arrow flew in a perfect arc, until it hit an unseen bull thistle in a puff of white and deflected slightly forward.