Jerusalem thorn


: a widely cultivated tropical American spiny shrub or small tree (Parkinsonia aculeata) of the legume family with pinnate leaves and showy racemose yellow flowers

Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Jerusalem thorn was in 1866

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“Jerusalem thorn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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