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Definition: sow thistle
n : 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:
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Definition: Sow thistle
, n. [OE. sowe, suwe, AS. sugu, akin to s[=u], D. zog,
zeug, OHG. s[=u], G. sau, Icel. s[=y]r, Dan. so, Sw. sugga,
so, L. sus. Gr. "y^s, sy^s, Zend. hu boar; probably from the
root seen in Skr. s[=u] to beget, to bear; the animal being
named in allusion to its fecundity. [root]294. Cf. Hyena
to stain, Son
1. (Zo["o]l.) The female of swine, or of the hog kind.
2. (Zo["o]l.) A sow bug.
(a) A channel or runner which receives the rows of molds
in the pig bed.
(b) The bar of metal which remains in such a runner.
(c) A mass of solidified metal in a furnace hearth; a
4. (Mil.) A kind of covered shed, formerly used by besiegers
in filling up and passing the ditch of a besieged place,
sapping and mining the wall, or the like. --Craig.
. (Bot.) See Cyclamen
, or Sowbug
(Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous
species of terrestrial Isopoda
belonging to Oniscus
, and allied genera of the family
. They feed chiefly on decaying vegetable
[AS. sugepistel] (Bot.), a composite plant
) said to be eaten by swine and some
, 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