What does the word thistle mean?

Usage examples for thistle

  1. The family was like an old thistle- head, withering on its wintry stalk, alone in a wind- swept field. – Warlock o' Glenwarlock by George MacDonald
  2. Examples- Russian thistle, tumble- mustard, tumble- grass. – Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study by Ontario Ministry of Education
  3. A few days afterwards Tom went with his mother into the fields to milk the cows, and for fear he should be blown away by the wind, she tied him to a thistle with a small piece of thread. – Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1 by Edward William Cole
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