star thistle
noun Date: 1578 1. a widely naturalized spiny Old World knapweed (Centaurea calcitrapa) with purple flowers — called also caltrops 2. any of various knapweeds related to the star thistle

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  • Star 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

  • Star thistle — Star Star (st[aum]r), n. [OE. sterre, AS. steorra; akin to OFries. stera, OS. sterro, D. ster, OHG. sterno, sterro, G. stern, Icel. stjarna, Sw. stjerna, Dan. stierne, Goth. sta[ i]rn[=o], Armor. & Corn. steren, L. stella, Gr. asth r, a stron,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • star thistle — n. any of several European plants (genus Centaurea) of the composite family; esp., an annual weed ( C. maculosa) now common in NE U.S. * * * …   Universalium

  • star thistle — n. any of several European plants (genus Centaurea) of the composite family; esp., an annual weed ( C. maculosa) now common in NE U.S …   English World dictionary

  • star thistle — noun : any of various plants of the genus Centaurea: as a. : an annual or biennial herb (Centaurea calcitrapa) having a basal rosette of deeply toothed leaves, a much branched stem, and axillary or terminal heads of pinkish to purple tubular… …   Useful english dictionary

  • star-thistle — bajorė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Astrinių (Asteraceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Centaurea). atitikmenys: lot. Centaurea angl. blue cap; centaury; cornflower; dusty miller; knapweed; star thistle vok. Bisamknopf; Flockenblume; Kornblume… …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • star thistle — /sta ˈθɪsəl/ (say stah thisuhl) noun any of various plants of the genus Centaurea, with a star shaped cluster of spines surrounding the flowers …   Australian English dictionary

  • star-thistle — noun Mediterranean annual or biennial herb having pinkish to purple flowers surrounded by spine tipped scales; naturalized in America • Syn: ↑caltrop, ↑Centauria calcitrapa • Hypernyms: ↑centaury …   Useful english dictionary

  • purple star thistle — noun : star thistle a …   Useful english dictionary

  • yellow star-thistle — noun European weed having a winged stem and hairy leaves; adventive in the eastern United States • Syn: ↑Barnaby s thistle, ↑Centaurea solstitialis • Hypernyms: ↑weed …   Useful english dictionary

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