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thorn

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noun, often attributive \ˈthȯrn\

Definition of thorn

  1. 1 :  a woody plant bearing sharp impeding processes (as prickles or spines); especially :  hawthorn

  2. 2a :  a sharp rigid process on a plant; specifically :  a short, indurated, sharp-pointed, and leafless modified branchb :  any of various sharp spinose structures on an animal

  3. 3 :  the runic letter þ used in Old English and Middle English to represent either of the fricatives \th\ or \th\ and in Icelandic to represent \th\

  4. 4 :  something that causes distress or irritation —often used in the phrase thorn in one's side

thorned

play \ˈthȯrnd\ adjective

thornless

play \ˈthȯrn-ləs\ adjective

thornlike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective


Examples of thorn in a sentence

  1. <your constant questions are a thorn in my side>



Origin and Etymology of thorn

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German dorn thorn, Sanskrit tṛṇa grass, blade of grass


First Known Use: before 12th century


THORN Defined for Kids

thorn

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noun \ˈthȯrn\

Definition of thorn for Students

  1. 1 :  a hard sharp leafless point on the stem or branch of a plant (as a rose bush)

  2. 2 :  a bush or tree that has thorns





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