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Canada thistle

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  1. an Old World plant, Cirsium arvense, having small purple or white flower heads, now a troublesome weed in North America.

Origin of Canada thistle

An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800
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Historical Examples

  • Little bits of Canada-thistle root half an inch long may send forth buds, and each bud grow to be an independent plant.

    Seed Dispersal

    William J. Beal

British Dictionary definitions for canada thistle

Canada thistle

  1. the US and Canadian name for creeping thistle
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