Flowers had seemed to be had for the picking; now they were all thorned and prickled.
In these we always find that the thorned holly is spoken of as male, and the Ivy as female.
They had struggled through a thick undergrowth of thorned bushes where the great arms of the firs shut out everything ahead.
Thus Benjamin thorned his companions with arguments against the prevailing habit of beer-drinking.
They soon found a trail and trotted their horses, horses and men swaying to avoid lianas and thorned branches.
Swinging down by his legs and one hand, he thrust the thorned branch of acacia deep in under the ruff.
He made good time, as here the going was little obstructed by creepers or thorned "wait-a-minute."
Here we have few or no briers or thorned things, save and except an odd blackberry or raspberry bush.
Old English þorn "sharp point on a stem or branch," earlier "thorny tree or plant," from Proto-Germanic *thurnuz (cf. Old Saxon thorn, Dutch doorn, Old High German dorn, German Dorn, Old Norse þorn, Gothic þaurnus), from PIE *trnus (cf. Old Church Slavonic trunu "thorn," Sanskrit trnam "blade of grass," Greek ternax "stalk of the cactus," Irish trainin "blade of grass"), from *(s)ter-n- "thorny plant," from root *ster- "stiff."
Figurative sense of "anything which causes pain" is recorded from early 13c. (thorn in the flesh is from II Cor. xii:7). Also an Anglo-Saxon and Icelandic runic letter (þ), named for the word of which it was the initial.
A short, hard, pointed part of a stem or branch of a woody plant. Compare spine.