Russian Thistle Definition

A spiny weed (Salsola kali) of the goosefoot family: it matures into a spherical tumbleweed.
Webster's New World
  • Salsola kali tenuifolia
  • tumbleweed
  • Russian cactus
  • Russian tumbleweed

Origin of Russian Thistle

  • From Russian + thistle: it's believed to have been introduced to North America from Russia, and it's prickly like a thistle.

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