NounThistle (plural Thistles)
- Any of several perennial composite plants, especially of genera Cirsium, Carduus, Cynara or Onopordum, having prickly leaves and showy flower heads with prickly bracts.
- The national emblem of Scotland.
- 1611, King James Version of the Bible (Authorized Version), Genesis 3:18
- Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
- blessed thistle
- bull thistle
- Canada thistle
- carline thistle
- globe thistle
- marsh thistle
- milk thistle
- Russian thistle
- sow thistle
- spear thistle
- star thistle
- thistle butterfly
armory, badge, badge of office, badges, baton, blazonry, bramble, brassard, brier, bristle, burr, button, cactus, cap and gown, catchweed, chain, chain of office, class ring, cleavers, cockade, collar, cross, decoration, dress, eagle, emblems, ensigns, fasces, figurehead, fleur-de-lis, goose grass, hammer and sickle, heraldry, insignia, lapel pin, livery, mace, mantle, markings, medal, mortarboard, needle, nettle, old school tie, pin, pine needle, prickle, quill, regalia, ring, rose, school ring, shamrock, sigillography, skull and crossbones, sphragistics, spicule, spiculum, spike, spikelet, spine, staff, sticker, swastika, tartan, thorn, tie, uniform, verge, wand, yucca
From Old English þistel, from Proto-Germanic *þistilaz. *þīh- from *teyg-, which is a variant of Proto-Indo-European *steyg- (“to prick”); from this same Proto-Indo-European root comes English stick. Cognates include German Distel and Icelandic þistill.
- Thistle in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- Thistle in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913