bull thistle
noun Date: 1863 a biennial Eurasian thistle (Cirsium vulgare) with purplish flower heads and prickly leaves that is naturalized as a weed in the United States

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  • Bull 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

  • bull thistle — noun European thistle with rather large heads and prickly leaves; extensively naturalized as a weed in the United States • Syn: ↑boar thistle, ↑spear thistle, ↑Cirsium vulgare, ↑Cirsium lanceolatum • Hypernyms: ↑plume thistle, ↑plumed thistle …   Useful english dictionary

  • bull thistle — bull′ this tle n. pln a tall, spiny thistle, Cirsium vulgare, having heads of pink to purple flowers: a common weed in North America • Etymology: 1860–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • bull thistle — a tall, spiny thistle, Cirsium vulgare, having heads of pink to purple flowers: a common weed in North America. [1860 65] * * * …   Universalium

  • bull thistle — noun Spear thistle …   Wiktionary

  • Bull Thistle Press — is run by Greg Joly. He is a letterpress printer and poet who lives and works in Jamaica, Vermont.External links* [http://www.pifmagazine.com/vol29/i bull thistle.shtml interview with Greg Joly] …   Wikipedia

  • Bull Thistle Cave Archeological Site — Infobox nrhp | name =Bull Thistle Cave Archeological Site (44TZ92) nrhp type = caption = nearest city= Tazewell, Virginia locmapin = Virginia area = architect= architecture= added = September 10, 1987cite… …   Wikipedia

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Thistle bird — 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

  • Thistle butterfly — 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

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