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 genera {Cnicus}, {Craduus}, and {Onopordon}. The name is often also applied to other prickly plants. [1913 Webster]

{Blessed thistle}, {Carduus benedictus}, so named because it was formerly considered an antidote to the bite of venomous creatures.

{Bull thistle}, {Cnicus lanceolatus}, the common large thistle of neglected pastures.

{Canada thistle}, {Cnicus arvensis}, a native of Europe, but introduced into the United States from Canada.

{Cotton thistle}, {Onopordon Acanthium}.

{Fuller's thistle}, the teasel.

{Globe thistle}, {Melon thistle}, etc. See under {Globe}, {Melon}, etc.

{Pine thistle}, {Atractylis gummifera}, a native of the Mediterranean region. A vicid gum resin flows from the involucre.

{Scotch thistle}, either the cotton thistle, or the musk thistle, or the spear thistle; -- all used national emblems of Scotland.

{Sow thistle}, {Sonchus oleraceus}.

{Spear thistle}. Same as {Bull thistle}.

{Star thistle}, a species of {Centaurea}. See {Centaurea}.

{Torch thistle}, a candelabra-shaped plant of the genus Cereus. See {Cereus}.

{Yellow thistle}, {Cincus horridulus}. [1913 Webster]

{Thistle bird} (Zo["o]l.), the American goldfinch, or yellow-bird ({Spinus tristis}); -- so called on account of its feeding on the seeds of thistles. See Illust. under {Goldfinch}.

{Thistle butterfly} (Zo["o]l.), a handsomely colored American butterfly ({Vanessa cardui}) whose larva feeds upon thistles; -- called also {painted lady}.

{Thistle cock} (Zo["o]l.), the corn bunting ({Emberiza militaria}). [Prov. Eng.]

{Thistle crown}, a gold coin of England of the reign of James I., worth four shillings.

{Thistle finch} (Zo["o]l.), the goldfinch; -- so called from its fondness for thistle seeds. [Prov. Eng.]

{Thistle funnel}, a funnel having a bulging body and flaring mouth. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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… …   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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