Found 2 items, similar to Spear thistle.
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Definition: spear thistle
n : European thistle with rather large heads and prickly leaves;
extensively naturalized as a weed in the United States
[syn: bull thistle
, boar thistle
, Cirsium vulgare
English → English
Definition: Spear thistle
, n. [OE. spere, AS. spere; akin to D. & G. speer,
OS. & OHS. sper, Icel. spj["o]r, pl., Dan. sp[ae]r, L.
1. A long, pointed weapon, used in war and hunting, by
thrusting or throwing; a weapon with a long shaft and a
sharp head or blade; a lance.
Note: [See Illust. of Spearhead
.] “A sharp ground spear.”
They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and
their spears into pruning hooks. --Micah iv. 3.
2. Fig.: A spearman. --Sir W. Scott.
3. A sharp-pointed instrument with barbs, used for stabbing
fish and other animals.
4. A shoot, as of grass; a spire.
5. The feather of a horse. See Feather
, n., 4.
6. The rod to which the bucket, or plunger, of a pump is
attached; a pump rod.
, the off hind foot of a horse.
(a) The common reed. See Reed
, n., 1.
(b) meadow grass. See under Meadow
, the hand in which a horseman holds a spear; the
right hand. --Crabb.
, the male line of a family. --Lowell.
(Bot.), the common thistle (Cnicus lanceolatus
, 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