blessed thistle

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blessed thistle

n.
An annual yellow-flowered herb (Cnicus benedictus) in the composite family, having spiny leaves and used in herbal medicine.

[From its use by monks in the Middle Ages.]
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Noun1.blessed thistle - tall Old World biennial thistle with large clasping white-blotched leaves and purple flower headsblessed thistle - tall Old World biennial thistle with large clasping white-blotched leaves and purple flower heads; naturalized in California and South America
genus Silybum, Silybum - small genus of east African herbs
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
2.blessed thistle - annual of Mediterranean to Portugal having hairy stems and minutely spiny-toothed leaves and large heads of yellow flowersblessed thistle - annual of Mediterranean to Portugal having hairy stems and minutely spiny-toothed leaves and large heads of yellow flowers
thistle - any of numerous plants of the family Compositae and especially of the genera Carduus and Cirsium and Onopordum having prickly-edged leaves
Cnicus, genus Cnicus - one species: blessed thistle
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Papaveraceae (chicalote or cardo santo), with some notable exceptions, the local Indian traditional healers reproduce similar uses from communities in Mexico and Ecuador where I have conducted ethnobotanical research.