sow thistle

noun

: any of a genus (Sonchus) of spiny weedy Eurasian and African composite herbs including some (such as S. arvensis and S. oleraceus) widely naturalized in North America

Examples of sow thistle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other native plant enemies include sow thistle; dandelions, which spread clouds of seeds once their cheerful yellow flowers dry up; tall bulky horseweed; round-leaved cheeseweed; purslane; and spurge, which blanket the ground like thick green doilies. Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sow thistle was in the 13th century

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“Sow thistle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sow%20thistle. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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