thistle

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noun this·tle \ˈthi-səl\

Definition of thistle

  1. :  any of various prickly composite plants (especially genera Carduus, Cirsium, and Onopordum) with often showy heads of mostly tubular flowers; also :  any of various other prickly plants

thistly

play \ˈthi-s(ə-)lē\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of thistle

Middle English thistel, from Old English; akin to Old High German distill thistle


First Known Use: before 12th century


THISTLE Defined for English Language Learners

thistle

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noun this·tle \ˈthi-səl\

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

thistle

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noun this·tle \ˈthi-səl\

Definition of thistle for Students

  1. :  a prickly plant that has usually purplish often showy heads of flowers


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