thistle

noun
this·tle | \ˈthi-səl \

Definition of thistle 

: 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

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thistly \ˈthi-s(ə-)lē \ adjective

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The links represent a single thistle and four interlinked sprigs of rue, and a pendant portraying St. Andrew carrying the cross of his martyrdom hangs down the center, according to the royal family. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William's Super Ornate Outfit in Scotland Is Full of Royal Symbolism," 6 July 2018 The star on the cloaks includes a saltire, which resembles St. Andrew's cross, and a medallion featuring a bejeweled thistle. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William's Super Ornate Outfit in Scotland Is Full of Royal Symbolism," 6 July 2018 This thistle can grow huge its second year, up to 12 feet tall and 5 feet in diameter. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Know the proper ways to attack all of our plentiful weeds," 1 June 2018 The thistle is the national emblem of Scotland, thanks to King James III, who first used the symbol on silver coins issued in 1470. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William's Super Ornate Outfit in Scotland Is Full of Royal Symbolism," 6 July 2018 Scotch thistle is a biennial, rising from its first year rosette to bloom and set seed its second year. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Know the proper ways to attack all of our plentiful weeds," 1 June 2018 The rose, thistle, and shamrock represent England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland respectively. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Queen Elizabeth's Instrument of Consent for the Royal Wedding Includes Some Meaningful Hidden Details," 14 May 2018 The symbols include a red dragon, a symbol for Wales, a rose, thistle, and shamrock for the UK, and a rose for the U.S. surrounded by golden poppies to represent California. refinery29.com, "The Queen Of England Approved The Royal Wedding — With A Lot Of Paperwork," 13 May 2018 Harry and Meghan's, for example, includes a red dragon, which is the heraldic symbol of Wales, as well as the UK's floral emblems–the rose, thistle, and shamrock—and Prince Harry's Label. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "What Is the Instrument of Consent and Why Does It Matter?," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of thistle

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for thistle

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

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thistle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of thistle

: a wild plant that has sharp points on its leaves and purple, yellow, or white flowers

thistle

noun
this·tle | \ˈthi-səl \

Kids Definition of thistle

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

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