Thistle

Thistle is the common name of a group of flowering plants characterised by leaves with sharp prickles on the margins, mostly in the family Asteraceae. Prickles often occur all over the plant – on surfaces such as those of the stem and flat parts of leaves. These are an adaptation that protects the plant against herbivorous animals, discouraging ...
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thistle

[n] - any of numerous plants of the family Compositae and especially of the genera Carduus and Cirsium and Onopordum having prickly-edged leaves
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Thistle

• (n.) Any one of several prickly composite plants, especially those of the genera Cnicus, Craduus, and Onopordon. The name is often also applied to other prickly plants.
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thistle

<botany> Any one of several prickly composite plants, especially those of the genera Cnicus, Craduus, and Onopordon. The name is often also applied to other prickly plants. Blessed thistle, Carduus benedictus, so named because it was formerly considered an antidote to the bite of venomous creatures. Bull thistle, Cnicus lanceolatus, the commo...
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thistle

noun any of numerous plants of the family Compositae and especially of the genera Carduus and Cirsium and Onopordum having prickly-edged leaves
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Thistle

[dinghy] The Thistle is a high performance one-design racing dinghy, also used for day sailing, popular in the United States. The Thistle was designed by Gordon K. (Sandy) Douglass who later designed the Highlander and Flying Scot. (These names commemorate Douglass’s Scots heritage.) Starting in 1945, 4000 boats have now been built. Their...
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Thistle

[yacht] Thistle was the unsuccessful Scottish challenger of the seventh America`s Cup in 1887 against American defender Volunteer. ==Design== The cutter Thistle was designed by George Lennox Watson, with interiors by his brother Thomas Lennox Watson, and built at the D&W Henderson shipyard in Partick on the River Clyde and launched on April...
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Thistle

This'tle noun [ Middle English thistil , Anglo-Saxon þistel ; akin to D. & German distel , Old High German distila , distil , Icelandic þistill , Swedish tistel , Danish tidsel ; of uncertain origin.] (Botany) Any one of sev...
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thistle

Any of a group of prickly plants with spiny stems, soft cottony purple flower heads, and deeply indented leaves with prickly edges. The thistle is the national emblem of Scotland. (Genera include Carduus, Carlina, Onopordum, and Cirsiu...
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Thistle

archaic or obsolete terms > Herbs & Plants: Any one of several prickly composite plants.
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Thistle

HMS Thistle was a British T Class patrol type submarine of 1090 tons displacement launched and sunk during the Second World War. HMS Thistle had a top speed of 15.25 knots surfaced and 9 knots submerged, carried a complement of 53 and was armed with one 4 inch dual-purpose gun; one 20 mm anti-aircraft gun; three machine-guns and about ten 21 inch t...
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Thistle

See nyjer.
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Thistle

Thistle is a name popularly applied to many prickly plants, but is strictly applied to those of the genus Carduus, of the family Compositae. Members of the Carduus genus are perennial or biennial herbs, forming large rosettes of spiny leaves the first year, and developing prickly stems the second year. The flowers are small, red or purple in colour...
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thistle

thistle, popular name for many spiny and usually weedy plants, but especially applied to members of the family Asteraceae (aster family) that have spiny leaves and often showy heads of purple, rose, white, or yellow flowers followed by thistledown seeds (a favorite food of the goldfinch). The Scotch...
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thistle

weedy species of Cirsium, Carduus, Echinops, Sonchus, and other plant genera of the family Asteraceae. The word thistle most often refers to prickly ...
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