bull thistle

noun

: a biennial Eurasian thistle (Cirsium vulgare) with purplish flower heads and prickly leaves that is naturalized as a weed in the U.S.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Errol’s rolling links, which once had lush greens and fairways, are now dry and brown and pocked by bull thistles and other prickly weeds. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, 18 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bull thistle was in 1863

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“Bull thistle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bull%20thistle. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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