: a widely distributed genus of prickly herbs (family Compositae) having the bristles of the pappus plumose compare carduus see bull thistle

Word History


New Latin, from Greek kirsion, a thistle, probably from kirsos swollen vein; from the use of the thistle in antiquity in the treatment of swollen veins

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“Cirsium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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