thorn

Part of speech: noun

A sharp pointed outgrowth from a branch.

Part of speech: noun

A spiny shrub or tree.

Part of speech: noun

A discomfort; pain; vexation.

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Usage examples "thorn":

  1. It was, moreover, a perpetual thorn in the side of the Assyrians. - "Early Israel and the Surrounding Nations", Archibald Sayce.
  2. It bore the rose as well as the thorn. - "Charles Lamb", Barry Cornwall.
  3. But help me to be a thorn in their sides- just a little- just a little longer. - "Romance", Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer.