lady's-thistle

[ ley-deez-this-uhl ]
/ ˈleɪ dizˌθɪs əl /

noun

a composite plant, Silybum marianum, of the Mediterranean region, having glossy, spiny leaves and purplish-red flower heads.

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Also called holy thistle, milk thistle.

Origin of lady's-thistle

First recorded in 1545–55
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