Cotton 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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  • Cotton thistle — Cotton Cot ton (k[o^]t t n), n. [F. coton, Sp. algodon the cotton plant and its wool, coton printed cotton, cloth, fr. Ar. qutun, alqutun, cotton wool. Cf. {Acton}, {Hacqueton}.] 1. A soft, downy substance, resembling fine wool, consisting of the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cotton thistle — Taxobox name = Cotton Thistle image width = 250px regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Asterales familia = Asteraceae subfamilia = Carduoideae tribus = Cynareae genus = Onopordum species = O. acanthium binomial …   Wikipedia

  • cotton thistle — noun biennial Eurasian white hairy thistle having pale purple flowers; naturalized in North America • Syn: ↑woolly thistle, ↑Scotch thistle, ↑Onopordum acanthium, ↑Onopordon acanthium • Hypernyms: ↑thistle • Member Holony …   Useful english dictionary

  • cotton thistle — dygliuotoji kardažolė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Astrinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Onopordum acanthium), paplitęs pietų Europoje ir pietvakarių Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Onopordum acanthium angl. cotton thistle; cotton …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • cotton-thistle — dygliuotoji kardažolė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Astrinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Onopordum acanthium), paplitęs pietų Europoje ir pietvakarių Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Onopordum acanthium angl. cotton thistle; cotton …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • cotton-thistle — kardažolė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Astrinių (Asteraceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Onopordum). atitikmenys: lot. Onopordum angl. cotton thistle; giant thistle; Scotch thistle vok. Eseldistel rus. татарник lenk. popłoch …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • cotton thistle. — See Scotch thistle. [1540 50] * * * …   Universalium

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  • Cotton — Cot ton (k[o^]t t n), n. [F. coton, Sp. algodon the cotton plant and its wool, coton printed cotton, cloth, fr. Ar. qutun, alqutun, cotton wool. Cf. {Acton}, {Hacqueton}.] 1. A soft, downy substance, resembling fine wool, consisting of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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