Recent Examples of thistle from the Web
From the time of that first Adam to the time of his descendants today, man’s lot has been labor and sweat, thorns and thistles.
Invasives mainly on roadsides: Cutleaf teasel, wild parsnip,spotted knapweed, phragmites, leafy spurge, Canada thistle and crown vetch.
Scientists working in Switzerland report large drop-offs in pollinator visits as well as reduced fruit production in patches of cabbage thistle (Cirsium oleraceum) under artificial lighting at night, in a study published on 2 August in Nature1.
Leave a little space for a few perennials, with really showy flowers such as delphinium, globe thistle and oriental lilies.
The latter does resemble globe thistle, but is much larger and the blue hue of the foliage/blossoms is paler, even silvery.
Globe thistle, a striking steel-blue perennial, can be started from seed now too.
The artichokes are about to open and the purple of the first thistle is enchanting.
All of these patients were given intravenous fluids, and a drug called silibinin, which is derived from the milk thistle plant.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'thistle.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of thistle
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
THISTLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of thistle for English Language Learners
: a wild plant that has sharp points on its leaves and purple, yellow, or white flowers
THISTLE Defined for Kids
Definition of thistle for Students
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up thistle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).