crown of thorns

noun phrase

: a starfish (Acanthaster planci) of the Pacific region that is covered with long spines and feeds on coral polyps sometimes causing destruction of coral reefs

called also crown-of-thorns starfish

Examples of crown of thorns in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Catholic tradition, the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a mystical sign of the divine love of Jesus for humanity, often symbolized with an image of a human heart wrapped in a crown of thorns, like the one Jesus wore when he was crucified. Lisa Lerer, New York Times, 11 June 2024 In the shot, Lamar stands wearing a crown of thorns on his head while holding their daughter. Katie Mannion, Peoplemag, 15 Mar. 2024 In the odd moment of grace, like when a butterfly lands on Agnes’ upturned face, or the many gory acts of slaughter and execution, the imagery braids blood and beauty together as in a crown of thorns. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 20 Feb. 2024 Sprawling plumerias, a prickly pear cactus and a gorgeous crown of thorns stood next to a wrought iron fence. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2023 From his custom Tiffany & Co. crown of thorns for a Glastonbury Festival set to his Louis Vuitton Suit by Virgil Abloh for the Super Bowl Halftime Show, the rapper knows how to make a statement with his outfits. Justin Ray, Robb Report, 6 July 2023 The faithful often act out the events of Good Friday by carrying a large wooden cross and crown of thorns symbolic of the suffering of Christ. Greg Garrison | , al, 8 Apr. 2023 Dressed in gray cloth with a black wig, a crown of thorns, and a heavy wooden cross on his shoulder, Mercado walked in sandals ahead of a group dressed as Roman soldiers as the rendition moved through the South End on Friday afternoon. Nick Stoico,, 7 Apr. 2023 The seventh will be a crown of thorns chandelier. Diane Bell, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crown of thorns was in 1964

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“Crown of thorns.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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