a tall, prickly plant, Onopordum acanthium, native to Eurasia, having stems and leaves covered with cottony down and solitary purple flower heads: the national emblem of Scotland.
- Also called cotton thistle.
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How to use Scotch thistle in a sentence
Any notice of the Thistle would be imperfect without some mention of the Scotch thistle.The plant-lore and garden-craft of Shakespeare | Henry Nicholson Ellacombe
This tall, thin plant is not nearly so attractive as the Scotch thistle.Flowers Shown to the Children | C. E. Smith
It often flies by day, and may then be seen disporting itself amongst the flowers of the Scotch thistle.New Zealand Moths and Butterflies | G. V. Hudson
The stem of the Scotch thistle is very stiff and straight, with 'wings' at each side.Flowers Shown to the Children | C. E. Smith