thorn tree


Definition of thorn tree

: any of various thorny or spiny trees: such as
c Africa : a spiny arborescent acacia

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History and Etymology for thorn tree

Middle English thorne tree, from thorne, thorn thorn + tree

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“Thorn tree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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