Sow thistle
Sow Sow, n. [OE. sowe, suwe, AS. sugu, akin to s[=u], D. zog, zeug, OHG. s[=u], G. sau, Icel. s[=y]r, Dan. so, Sw. sugga, so, L. sus. Gr. "y^s, sy^s, Zend. hu boar; probably from the root seen in Skr. s[=u] to beget, to bear; the animal being named in allusion to its fecundity. [root]294. Cf. {Hyena}, {Soil} to stain, {Son}, {Swine}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) The female of swine, or of the hog kind. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) A sow bug. [1913 Webster]

3. (Metal.) (a) A channel or runner which receives the rows of molds in the pig bed. (b) The bar of metal which remains in such a runner. (c) A mass of solidified metal in a furnace hearth; a salamander. [1913 Webster]

4. (Mil.) A kind of covered shed, formerly used by besiegers in filling up and passing the ditch of a besieged place, sapping and mining the wall, or the like. --Craig. [1913 Webster]

{Sow bread}. (Bot.) See {Cyclamen}.

{Sow bug}, or {Sowbug} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of terrestrial {Isopoda} belonging to {Oniscus}, {Porcellio}, and allied genera of the family {Oniscid[ae]}. They feed chiefly on decaying vegetable substances.

{Sow thistle} [AS. sugepistel] (Bot.), a composite plant ({Sonchus oleraceus}) said to be eaten by swine and some other animals. [1913 Webster]


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  • Sow thistle — Thistle This tle, n. [OE. thistil, AS. [thorn]istel; akin to D. & G. distel, OHG. distila, distil, Icel. [thorn]istill, Sw. tistel, Dan. tidsel; of uncertain origin.] (Bot.) Any one of several prickly composite plants, especially those of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sow thistle — is the common name of two related genera of thistle like flowering plants in the plant family Asteraceae:* Cicerbita * Sonchus …   Wikipedia

  • sow thistle — [sou] n. [ME sowethistel (parallel with Ger saudistel): see SOW1 & THISTLE] any of several weeds (genus Sonchus) of the composite family, with yellow flower heads and spiny leaves …   English World dictionary

  • sow thistle — daržinė pienė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Astrinių šeimos vaistinis augalas (Sonchus oleraceus), paplitęs šiaurės Afrikoje, Europoje ir Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Sonchus oleraceus angl. annual sow thistle; common sow thistle; hare s… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • sow thistle — pienialapė emilija statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Astrinių šeimos daržovinis, dekoratyvinis augalas (Emilia sonchifolia). atitikmenys: lot. Emilia sonchifolia angl. Cupid s shaving brush; emilia; sow thistle pranc. émilie šaltinis… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • sow thistle — sow′ this tle [[t]saʊ[/t]] n. pln any composite plant belonging to the genus Sonchus, esp. S. oleraceus, a weed having thistlelike leaves, yellow flowers, and a milky juice • Etymology: 1200–50; ME sowethistel, earlier sugethistel. See sow II,… …   From formal English to slang

  • sow thistle — /sow/ any composite plant belonging to the genus Sonchus, esp. S. oleraceus, a weed having thistlelike leaves, yellow flowers, and a milky juice. [1200 50; ME sowethistel, earlier sugethistel. See SOW2, THISTLE] * * * …   Universalium

  • sow-thistle — /ˈsaʊ θɪsəl/ (say sow thisuhl) noun any plant of the genus Sonchus, especially S. oleraceus, a common, noxious weed having thistle like leaves, yellow flowers, and a milky juice …   Australian English dictionary

  • sow thistle — noun any of several Old World coarse prickly leaved shrubs and subshrubs having milky juice and yellow flowers; widely naturalized; often noxious weeds in cultivated soil • Syn: ↑milk thistle • Hypernyms: ↑shrub, ↑bush • Hyponyms: ↑milkweed, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • sow thistle — noun Date: 13th century any of a genus (Sonchus) of spiny weedy Eurasian and African composite herbs including some (as S. arvensis and S. oleraceus) widely naturalized in North America …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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