Canada thistle
noun Date: 1799 a European thistle (Cirsium arvense) with pinkish-purple or white flowers naturalized as a weed in North America

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  • Canada 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

  • Canada thistle — ☆ Canada thistle n. a prickly European weed (Cirsium arvense) of the composite family, with heads of purplish flowers and wavy leaves: now common as a fast spreading, injurious weed throughout the N U.S …   English World dictionary

  • Canada thistle — noun European thistle naturalized in United States and Canada where it is a pernicious weed • Syn: ↑creeping thistle, ↑Cirsium arvense • Hypernyms: ↑plume thistle, ↑plumed thistle …   Useful english dictionary

  • Canada thistle — noun Corn thistle …   Wiktionary

  • Canada thistle — an Old World plant, Cirsium arvense, having small purple or white flower heads, now a troublesome weed in North America. [1790 1800, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • Canada thistle — Can′ada this′tle n. pln an Old World prickly composite plant, Cirsium arvense, having small purple or white flower heads, now a troublesome weed in North America • Etymology: 1790–1800, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • 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

  • Thistle cock — 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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