bull thistle


Definition of bull thistle

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

Examples of bull thistle in a Sentence

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, "Apopka OKs proposed makeover of Errol Estate, its largest community," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of bull thistle

1863, in the meaning defined above

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“Bull thistle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bull%20thistle. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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