carline thistle

noun car·line thistle \ˈkärlə̇n-, -ˌlīn-\

Definition of carline thistle

  1. :  a plant of the genus Carlina (especially C. acaulis or C. vulgaris)

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Origin and Etymology of carline thistle

Middle French carline, from Old Italian carlina, probably irregular from cardo thistle, from Late Latin cardus, from Latin carduus — more at chard

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