Russian thistle


: a prickly European saltwort (Salsola kali) that is a serious weed in North America

called also Russian tumbleweed

Examples of Russian thistle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other Arizona plants that cause symptoms include Russian thistle (more commonly known as tumbleweed), mesquite, burrobrush, cocklebur and Arizona ash. Michael Salerno, The Arizona Republic, 16 Feb. 2023 Many of the plants are invasive, such as tamarisk and Russian thistle, but there are plenty of native willows coming back, along with 2-foot-high cottonwood seedlings, that will soon provide crucial habitat for songbirds. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 June 2021 In the American southwest — Gornish’s territory — the worst invasive plant is the Russian thistle. Jeanne Erdmann, Discover Magazine, 20 May 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Russian thistle was in 1884

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“Russian thistle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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