- 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
Examples from the Web for 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
- See Order of the Thistle
- (sometimes not capital)
- the emblem of this Order
- membership of this Order
Word Origin and History for thistle
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.