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thorn

 (thôrn)
n.
1. Botany
a. A modified branch in the form of a sharp woody structure.
b. Any of various other sharp protuberances, such as a spine.
c. Any of various shrubs, trees, or woody plants bearing such sharp structures.
2. Any of various sharp protuberances on an animal.
3. One that causes sharp pain, irritation, or discomfort: He is a thorn in my side.
4. The runic letter þ, used in Old English, Middle English, and Old Norse manuscripts to represent both the voiceless sound (th) of Modern English thin and the voiced sound (th) of Modern English this, and in modern Icelandic orthography to represent the voiceless sound (th).

[Middle English, from Old English.]

thorn′less adj.

thorn

(θɔːn)
n
1. (Botany) a sharp pointed woody extension of a stem or leaf. Compare prickle1
2. (Plants)
a. any of various trees or shrubs having thorns, esp the hawthorn
b. the wood of any of these plants
3. (Animals) short for thorn moth
4. (Letters of the Alphabet (Foreign)) a Germanic character of runic origin Þ used in Old and Modern Icelandic to represent the voiceless dental fricative sound of th, as in thin, bath. Its use in phonetics for the same purpose is now obsolete. See theta
5. (Letters of the Alphabet (Foreign)) this same character as used in Old and Middle English as an alternative to edh, but indistinguishable from it in function or sound. Compare edh
6. (Zoology) zoology any of various sharp spiny parts
7. a source of irritation (esp in the phrases a thorn in one's side or flesh)
[Old English; related to Old High German dorn, Old Norse thorn]
ˈthornless adj

Thorn

(toːrn)
n
(Placename) the German name for Toruń

thorn

(θɔrn)

n.
1. a hard, sharp outgrowth on a plant, esp. a sharp-pointed aborted branch.
2. a thorny tree or shrub, as the hawthorne.
3. the wood of such a plant.
4. a runic character (þ), borrowed into the Latin alphabet and used to represent the initial th sounds of thin and they in Old English and of thin in modern Icelandic.
5. a source of continual irritation, trouble, or discomfort (esp. in the phrase thorn in one's side or flesh).
v.t.
6. to prick with a thorn; vex.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English, c. Old Saxon, Old High German, Old Norse thorn, Gothic thaurnus]
thorn′less, adj.
thorn′like`, adj.

thorn

(thôrn)
1. A short, hard, pointed part of a stem or branch of a woody plant.
2. Any of various plants bearing thorns.
Usage It hardly makes a difference whether you get pricked by a thorn or a spine—it hurts just the same. But a person who studies plants might think there was a difference. Scientifically speaking, a thorn is a hard, pointed part of a stem or branch of a woody plant. While the word spine is used loosely to refer to any hard, pointed structure on a plant, it more properly refers to a leaf that has evolved into a narrow, sharp projection to conserve water and protect the stem, which stores water. Thus a cactus has spines but not thorns, and a rose bush and hawthorn have thorns but not spines.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thorn - something that causes irritation and annoyancethorn - something that causes irritation and annoyance; "he's a thorn in my flesh"
pain in the ass, pain in the neck, bother, botheration, infliction, annoyance, pain - something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness; "washing dishes was a nuisance before we got a dish washer"; "a bit of a bother"; "he's not a friend, he's an infliction"
2.thorn - a small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leafthorn - a small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf
aculeus - a stiff sharp-pointed plant process
glochid, glochidium - a barbed spine or bristle (often tufted on cacti)
3.thorn - a Germanic character of runic origin
rune, runic letter - any character from an ancient Germanic alphabet used in Scandinavia from the 3rd century to the Middle Ages; "each rune had its own magical significance"

thorn

noun prickle, spike, spine, barb Roses will always have thorns, but with care they can be avoided.
thorn in your side irritation, nuisance, annoyance, trouble, bother, torture, plague, curse, pest, torment, hassle (informal), scourge, affliction, irritant, bane She's a real thorn in his side.

thorn

noun
1. A sharp, pointed object:
2. One that makes another totally miserable by causing sharp pain and irritation:
Informal: pain.
Idioms: pain in the neck, thorn in the flesh.
Translations
شَوْكَةشَوْكَه
trn
torn
espinathorn
oka
épinethorn
काँटा
trn
tövistüske
òyrnir
とげ
가시
dzelksnisērkšķis
trn
tagg
หนาม
کانٹا
gai

thorn

[θɔːn]
A. N
1. (= prickle) → espina f
to be a thorn in sb's side or fleshser una espina para algn
2. (= bush, tree) → espino m
B. CPD thorn bush, thorn tree Nespino m

thorn

[ˈθɔːrn] n
(on plant, bush)épine f
to be a thorn in sb's side → être une épine dans le pied de qn
(also thorn bush) → buisson m épineux

thorn

nDorn m; (= shrub)Dornbusch m, → Dornenstrauch m; to be a thorn in somebody’s flesh or side (fig)jdm ein Dorn im Auge sein

thorn

[θɔːn] nspina
you're a thorn in my side or flesh (fig) → sei la mia spina nel fianco or la mia croce

thorn

(θoːn) noun
a hard, sharp point sticking out from the stem of certain plants. She pricked her finger on a thorn.
ˈthorny adjective
1. full of or covered with thorns. a thorny branch.
2. difficult, causing trouble etc. a thorny problem.

thorn

شَوْكَة trn torn Dorn αγκάθι espina oka épine trn spina とげ 가시 doorn torn cierń espinho шип tagg หนาม diken gai

thorn

n espina
References in classic literature ?
NUMA, THE LION, crouched behind a thorn bush close beside the drinking pool where the river eddied just below the bend.
Sad and lonely, he was walking through a meadow one day and saw a small butterfly caught in a thorn bush.
I walked down the game trail to find him a short distance away piled up under a thorn bush, and I couldn't have been more pleased.
Robert Burns once wrote a ballad to a thorn bush in Coylton that eventually died when locals lopped off its branches for lovers' luck.
As local author Dick Pitman observes in his engaging foreword to Angel in a Thorn Bush "Rob's knowledge of Zambezi flora and fauna is encyclopaedic; his bushcraft and knowledge of animal behaviour is extraordinary.
The male rhino came out from behind his thorn bush to stare at us, and then collapsed into the dust to rest a little.
help He adds: "Predators hate thick thorn bush and won't go through it.
Short of wearing sackcloth and whipping himself publicly with a thorn bush, it's hard to see how Jones The Voice could play the penitent sinner any more clearly than on this album of selfflagellating gospel and blues.
The hunting areas range from densely wooded savannah to wide open grasslands -- from the Bushveld of the Northern Province to the vast open plains of the Free State and back to the sands and heavy thorn bush of the Kalahari.
When the dust finally settled, in a flat valley of scrub oaks, under towering mesas, there before us was a tiny compound of mud shacks surrounded by a thorn bush fence.
Shading his eyes, he saw a thorn bush come alive with flame.
Will you complain that a rose bush has thorns, or will you rejoice that that thorn bush has roses?