globe thistle


: any of a genus (Echinops) of widely cultivated Asian and Mediterranean composite herbs with spiky globose blue or white flowers

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Dried flower heads from globe thistle add fun texture and set off the smaller juniper berries. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Aug. 2022 Diving for a frisbee and ending up headfirst in a massive globe thistle (Ecinops ritro) would be a memorable experience, for all the wrong reasons. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 12 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of globe thistle was in 1597

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“Globe thistle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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