milk thistle
noun Date: 1562 a tall thistle (Silybum marianum) having white-veined dark green leaves and large purple flower heads that is native to the Mediterranean region but has become naturalized elsewhere including the United States; also an extract of milk thistle and especially its seeds that is held to protect the liver from damage or disease

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Milk thistle — Milk Milk (m[i^]lk), n. [AS. meoluc, meoloc, meolc, milc; akin to OFries. meloc, D. melk, G. milch, OHG. miluh, Icel. mj[=o]lk, Sw. mj[ o]lk, Dan. melk, Goth. miluks, G. melken to milk, OHG. melchan, Lith. milszti, L. mulgere, Gr. ame lgein.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Milk thistle — This article is about the true milk thistles. For another plant that is sometimes referred to as a milk thistle, see Sow thistle (disambiguation). Milk thistle Silybum marianum Scientific classification …   Wikipedia

  • milk thistle — tikrasis margainis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Astrinių šeimos prieskoninis, vaistinis, medingas nuodingas augalas (Silybum marianum), paplitęs šiaurės Afrikoje, pietų Europoje ir pietvakarių Azijoje. Iš jo gaminami maisto priedai… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • milk thistle — A plant that has been used in some cultures to treat certain medical problems, including stomach, liver, and gallbladder disorders. The active extract of milk thistle seeds is called silymarin. It is being studied in the prevention of liver… …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • milk thistle — milk this·tle this əl n a tall thistle (Silybum marianum) that is the source of silymarin, has large clasping white blotched leaves and large purple flower heads with bristly receptacles, and is native to southern Europe but has been widely… …   Medical dictionary

  • milk thistle — noun 1. 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: ↑sow thistle • Hypernyms: ↑shrub, ↑bush • Hyponyms: ↑milkweed, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • milk thistle — lady s thistle. * * * …   Universalium

  • milk thistle — noun 1》 a thistle with a solitary purple flower and glossy marbled leaves, used in herbal medicine. [Silybum marianum.] 2》 another term for sowthistle …   English new terms dictionary

  • milk thistle — /ˈmɪlk θɪsəl/ (say milk thisuhl) noun 1. an annual or biennial herb with spiny leaves and reddish purple capitula, Silybum marianum, widespread in temperate grasslands and waste places. 2. any of several species of the genus Sonchus, with yellow… …   Australian English dictionary

  • milk thistle — noun Any of the thistles in the genus Silybum …   Wiktionary

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