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[thawrn-boo sh]
  1. any of various shrubs or bushes having spines or thorns.
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Origin of thornbush

1300–50; Middle English. See thorn, bush1
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Historical Examples of thornbush

  • Well, do you see the low hill beyond with the thornbush upon it?

    The Hound of the Baskervilles

    A. Conan Doyle

  • A Blackbird was piping away on a thornbush as if his heart was running over with happiness.

  • Wiregrass sprouted, and thornbush grew; Nature, the master-camoufleur, completed the work of hiding the forgotten headquarters.

    The Cosmic Computer

    Henry Beam Piper

  • Pentuer directed the prince to look at a distant hill, on the summit of which was a thornbush.

    The Pharaoh and the Priest

    Alexander Glovatski

  • That of the lamb which was found in the thornbush and placed upon the altar.