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Definition: Melon thistle
(m[e^]l"[u^]n), n. [F., fr. L. melo, for melopepo
an apple-shaped melon, Gr. mhlope`pwn; mh^lon apple + pe`pwn
a species of large melon; cf. L. malum apple. Cf.
1. (Bot.) The juicy fruit of certain cucurbitaceous plants,
as the muskmelon, watermelon, and citron melon; also, the
plant that produces the fruit.
2. (Zo["o]l.) A large, ornamental, marine, univalve shell of
the genus Melo
(Zo["o]l.), a small leaf beetle (Diabrotiea vittata
), which damages the leaves of melon vines.
, Melon thistle
(a) (Bot.) A genus of cactaceous plants (Melocactus
having a fleshy and usually globose stem with the
surface divided into spiny longitudinal ridges, and
bearing at the top a prickly and woolly crown in which
the small pink flowers are half concealed. Melocactus communis
, from the West Indies, is often cultivated,
and sometimes called Turk's cap
(b) The related genus Mamillaria
, in which the stem is
tubercled rather than ribbed, and the flowers
sometimes large. See Illust. under Cactus
, 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
, and Onopordon
. The name
is often also applied to other prickly plants.
, Carduus benedictus
, so named because it
was formerly considered an antidote to the bite of
, Cnicus lanceolatus
, the common large
thistle of neglected pastures.
, Cnicus arvensis
, a native of Europe, but
introduced into the United States from Canada.
, Onopordon Acanthium
, the teasel.
, Melon thistle
, etc. See under Globe
, Atractylis gummifera
, a native of the
Mediterranean region. A vicid gum resin flows from the
, either the cotton thistle, or the musk
thistle, or the spear thistle; -- all used national
emblems of Scotland.
, Sonchus oleraceus
. Same as Bull thistle
, a species of Centaurea
. See Centaurea
, a candelabra-shaped plant of the genus
Cereus. See Cereus
, Cincus horridulus
(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
(Zo["o]l.), a handsomely colored American
butterfly (Vanessa cardui
) whose larva feeds upon
thistles; -- called also painted lady
(Zo["o]l.), the corn bunting (Emberiza militaria
). [Prov. Eng.]
, a gold coin of England of the reign of James
I., worth four shillings.
(Zo["o]l.), the goldfinch; -- so called from
its fondness for thistle seeds. [Prov. Eng.]
, a funnel having a bulging body and flaring