noun this·tle \ˈthi-səl\

: a wild plant that has sharp points on its leaves and purple, yellow, or white flowers

Full Definition of THISTLE

:  any of various prickly composite plants (especially genera Carduus, Cirsium, and Onopordum) with often showy heads of mostly tubular flowers; also :  any of various other prickly plants
this·tly \ˈthi-s(ə-)lē\ adjective

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Origin of THISTLE

Middle English thistel, from Old English; akin to Old High German distill thistle
First Known Use: before 12th century
May 24, 2015
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learned or pedantic
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