crown of thorns


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crown′ of thorns′


n.
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:
Noun1.crown 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
2.crown 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
3.crown 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. We had already seen a large piece of the true cross in a church in the Azores, but no nails.
He stepped back from the window and looked at an icon of the Saviour in His crown of thorns. 'Lord, help me!
Above the lectern was the little lamp and an icon of Christ in His crown of thorns. The room smelt strangely of perspiration and of earth.
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.
The faithful believe that Notre Dame is home to the crown of thorns worn by Jesus on the day he died.
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The massive presence of 'crown of thorns' starfish, he said, has affected the livelihood of fishermen as it significantly decreased their daily catch.
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Davao City - Researchers at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here said they were studying the sporadic appearance of the Crown of Thorns starfish, which has threatened coral reefs in Talicud Island in Samal.