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Related to carline thistles: Carlina vulgaris


or car·lin  (kär′lĭn)
n. Scots
A woman, especially an old one.

[Middle English kerling, from Old Norse, from karl, man.]
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(Plants) a Eurasian thistle-like plant, Carlina vulgaris, having spiny leaves and flower heads surrounded by raylike whitish bracts: family Asteraceae (composites). Also called: carline thistle
[C16: from French, probably from Latin cardō thistle]


(ˈkɑːlɪn) or


1. chiefly Scot an old woman, hag, or witch
2. (Nautical Terms) a variant of carling
[C14: from Old Norse kerling old woman, diminutive of karl man, churl]
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The yellow-wort was accompanied by clumps of the dead heads of carline thistles, which may persist all the way through until spring.