Thistle meaning

thĭsəl
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Any of numerous often weedy plants of several genera of the composite family, including Cirsium, Carduus, and Onopordum, having prickly leaves and floral bracts.
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Any of various other prickly plants, such as Russian thistle.
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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.
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Any of several perennial composite plants, especially of genera Cirsium, Carduus, Cynara or Onopordum, having prickly leaves and showy flower heads with prickly bracts.
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This plant seen as the national emblem of Scotland.
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The Order of the Thistle, or membership thereof.
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Origin of thistle

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

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

  • 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