- any of various prickly, composite plants having showy, purple flower heads, especially of the genera Cirsium, Carduus, or Onopordum.
- any of various other prickly plants.
Origin of thistle
Related Words for thistlearrow, dart, shaft, thorn, prickle, bristle, spike, spur, prong, thistle, quill, prick, shrub, nettle, spray, burr, hedge, cleaver, furze, gorse
Examples from the Web for thistle
Historical Examples of thistle
Yes, here is the shamrock—the rose, the ever blowing rose—and the thistle.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
"No use smoothing a thistle, Mr. Cregeen," said Jonaique soothingly.The Manxman
Bishop noticed the thistle bouquet in a vase over the chronometer.Competition
You go off to Harkhurst; they can put you up at the Crown and Thistle.A Master of Mysteries
L. T. Meade
And this other, either a thistle or not a thistle; but not thistlaceous.Proserpina, Volume 1
- any of numerous plants of the genera Cirsium, Carduus, and related genera, having prickly-edged leaves, pink, purple, yellow, or white dense flower heads, and feathery hairs on the seeds: family Asteraceae (composites)
- a thistle, or a representation of one, as the national emblem of Scotland
Word Origin for thistle
- See Order of the Thistle
- (sometimes not capital)
- the emblem of this Order
- membership of this Order
prickly herbaceous plant, Old English þistel, from Proto-Germanic *thikhstula (cf. Old High German distil, German Distel, Old Norse þistell, Danish tidsel), of unknown origin. Emblem of Scotland since 15c.