Thistle Definition

thĭsəl
thistles
noun
Any of various plants (as genera Onopordum, Cirsium, and Cnicus) of the composite family, with prickly leaves and heads of white, purple, pink, or yellow flowers; esp., the Scotch thistle (O. acanthium) with white down and lavender flowers.
Webster's New World
Any of various other prickly plants, such as Russian thistle.
American Heritage

This plant seen as the national emblem of Scotland.

Wiktionary
The Order of the Thistle, or membership thereof.
Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Thistle

Noun

Singular:
thistle
Plural:
thistles

Origin of Thistle

  • From Old English þistel, from Proto-Germanic *þistilaz. *þīh- from *teyg-, which is a variant of Proto-Indo-European *steyg- (“to prick"); from this same Proto-Indo-European root comes English stick. Cognates include German Distel and Icelandic þistill.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English thistel steig- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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