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Blessed thistleBlessed thistle Bless"ed this"tle
See under Thistle. Carline thistleCarline thistle Car"line this`tle [F. carline, It., Sp., &
Pg., carlina. Said to be so called from the Emperor
Charlemagne, whose army is reputed to have used it as a
remedy for pestilence.] (Bot.)
A prickly plant of the genus Carlina (C. vulgaris), found
in Europe and Asia. Globe thistleGlobe Globe, n. [L. globus, perh. akin to L. glomus a ball of
yarn, and E. clump, golf: cf. F. globe.]
1. A round or spherical body, solid or hollow; a body whose
surface is in every part equidistant from the center; a
ball; a sphere.
2. Anything which is nearly spherical or globular in shape;
as, the globe of the eye; the globe of a lamp.
3. The earth; the terraqueous ball; -- usually preceded by
the definite article. --Locke.
4. A round model of the world; a spherical representation of
the earth or heavens; as, a terrestrial or celestial
globe; -- called also artificial globe.
5. A body of troops, or of men or animals, drawn up in a
circle; -- a military formation used by the Romans,
answering to the modern infantry square.
Him round A globe of fiery seraphim inclosed.
Globe amaranth (Bot.), a plant of the genus Gomphrena
(G. globosa), bearing round heads of variously colored
flowers, which long retain color when gathered.
Globe animalcule, a small, globular, locomotive organism
(Volvox globator), once throught to be an animal,
afterward supposed to be a colony of microscopic alg[ae].
Globe of compression (Mil.), a kind of mine producing a
wide crater; -- called also overcharged mine.
Globe daisy (Bot.), a plant or flower of the genus
Globularing, common in Europe. The flowers are minute
and form globular heads.
Globe sight, a form of front sight placed on target rifles.
Globe slater (Zo["o]l.), an isopod crustacean of the genus
Globe thistle (Bot.), a thistlelike plant with the flowers
in large globular heads (Cynara Scolymus); also, certain
species of the related genus Echinops.
(a) A ball valve.
(b) A valve inclosed in a globular chamber. --Knight. Hedgehog thistleHedgehog Hedge"hog`, n.
1. (Zo["o]l.) A small European insectivore (Erinaceus
Europ[ae]us), and other allied species of Asia and
Africa, having the hair on the upper part of its body
mixed with prickles or spines. It is able to roll itself
into a ball so as to present the spines outwardly in every
direction. It is nocturnal in its habits, feeding chiefly
2. (Zo["o]l.) The Canadian porcupine.[U.S]
3. (Bot.) A species of Medicago (M. intertexta), the pods
of which are armed with short spines; -- popularly so
4. A form of dredging machine. --Knight.
Hedgehog caterpillar (Zo["o]l.), the hairy larv[ae] of
several species of bombycid moths, as of the Isabella
moth. It curls up like a hedgehog when disturbed. See
Woolly bear, and Isabella moth.
Hedgehog fish (Zo["o]l.), any spinose plectognath fish,
esp. of the genus Diodon; the porcupine fish.
Hedgehog grass (Bot.), a grass with spiny involucres,
growing on sandy shores; burgrass (Cenchrus
Hedgehog rat (Zo["o]l.), one of several West Indian
rodents, allied to the porcupines, but with ratlike tails,
and few quills, or only stiff bristles. The hedgehog rats
belong to Capromys, Plagiodon, and allied genera.
Hedgehog shell (Zo["o]l.), any spinose, marine, univalve
shell of the genus Murex.
Hedgehog thistle (Bot.), a plant of the Cactus family,
globular in form, and covered with spines
Sea hedgehog. See Diodon. Milk thistleMilk Milk, n. [AS. meoluc, meoloc, meolc, milc; akin to
OFries. meloc, D. melk, G. milch, OHG. miluh, Icel. mj?ok,
Sw. mj["o]lk, Dan. melk, Goth. miluks, G. melken to milk,
OHG. melchan, Lith. milszti, L. mulgere, Gr. ?. ????. Cf.
Milch, Emulsion, Milt soft roe of fishes.]
1. (Physiol.) A white fluid secreted by the mammary glands of
female mammals for the nourishment of their young,
consisting of minute globules of fat suspended in a
solution of casein, albumin, milk sugar, and inorganic
salts. ``White as morne milk.' --Chaucer.
2. (Bot.) A kind of juice or sap, usually white in color,
found in certain plants; latex. See Latex.
3. An emulsion made by bruising seeds; as, the milk of
almonds, produced by pounding almonds with sugar and
4. (Zo["o]l.) The ripe, undischarged spat of an oyster.
Condensed milk. See under Condense, v. t.
Milk crust (Med.), vesicular eczema occurring on the face
and scalp of nursing infants. See Eczema.
(a) (Med.) A fever which accompanies or precedes the first
lactation. It is usually transitory.
(b) (Vet. Surg.) A form puerperal peritonitis in cattle;
also, a variety of meningitis occurring in cows after
Milk glass, glass having a milky appearance.
Milk knot (Med.), a hard lump forming in the breast of a
nursing woman, due to obstruction to the flow of milk and
congestion of the mammary glands.
Milk leg (Med.), a swollen condition of the leg, usually in
puerperal women, caused by an inflammation of veins, and
characterized by a white appearance occasioned by an
accumulation of serum and sometimes of pus in the cellular
Milk meats, food made from milk, as butter and cheese.
Milk mirror. Same as Escutcheon, 2.
Milk molar (Anat.), one of the deciduous molar teeth which
are shed and replaced by the premolars.
Milk of lime (Chem.), a watery emulsion of calcium hydrate,
produced by macerating quicklime in water.
Milk parsley (Bot.), an umbelliferous plant (Peucedanum
palustre) of Europe and Asia, having a milky juice.
Milk pea (Bot.), a genus (Galactia) of leguminous and,
usually, twining plants.
Milk sickness (Med.), a peculiar malignant disease,
occurring in some parts of the Western United States, and
affecting certain kinds of farm stock (esp. cows), and
persons who make use of the meat or dairy products of
infected cattle. Its chief symptoms in man are
uncontrollable vomiting, obstinate constipation, pain, and
muscular tremors. Its origin in cattle has been variously
ascribed to the presence of certain plants in their food,
and to polluted drinking water.
Milk snake (Zo["o]l.), a harmless American snake
(Ophibolus triangulus, or O. eximius). It is variously
marked with white, gray, and red. Called also milk
adder, chicken snake, house snake, etc.
Milk sugar. (Physiol. Chem.) See Lactose, and Sugar of
Milk thistle (Bot.), an esculent European thistle (Silybum
marianum), having the veins of its leaves of a milky
Milk thrush. (Med.) See Thrush.
Milk tooth (Anat.), one of the temporary first set of teeth
in young mammals; in man there are twenty.
Milk tree (Bot.), a tree yielding a milky juice, as the cow
tree of South America (Brosimum Galactodendron), and the
Euphorbia balsamifera of the Canaries, the milk of both
of which is wholesome food.
Milk vessel (Bot.), a special cell in the inner bark of a
plant, or a series of cells, in which the milky juice is
contained. See Latex.
Rock milk. See Agaric mineral, under Agaric.
Sugar of milk. The sugar characteristic of milk; a hard
white crystalline slightly sweet substance obtained by
evaporation of the whey of milk. It is used in pellets and
powder as a vehicle for homeopathic medicines, and as an
article of diet. See Lactose. Piney thistlePiney Pin"ey, a. [Of East Indian origin.]
A term used in designating an East Indian tree (the Vateria
Indica or piney tree, of the order Dipterocarpe[ae], which
grows in Malabar, etc.) or its products.
Piney dammar, Piney resin, Piney varnish, a pellucid,
fragrant, acrid, bitter resin, which exudes from the piney
tree (Vateria Indica) when wounded. It is used as a
varnish, in making candles, and as a substitute for
incense and for amber. Called also liquid copal, and
Piney tallow, a solid fatty substance, resembling tallow,
obtained from the roasted seeds of the Vateria Indica;
called also dupada oil.
Piney thistle (Bot.), a plant (Atractylis gummifera),
from the bark of which, when wounded, a gummy substance
exudes. Scotch thistleScotch Scotch, a. [Cf. Scottish.]
Of or pertaining to Scotland, its language, or its
Scotch broom (Bot.), the Cytisus scoparius. See Broom.
Scotch dipper, or Scotch duck (Zo["o]l.), the bufflehead;
-- called also Scotch teal, and Scotchman.
Scotch fiddle, the itch. [Low] --Sir W. Scott.
Scotch mist, a coarse, dense mist, like fine rain.
Scotch nightingale (Zo["o]l.), the sedge warbler. [Prov.
Scotch pebble. See under pebble.
Scotch pine (Bot.) See Riga fir.
Scotch thistle (Bot.), a species of thistle (Onopordon
acanthium); -- so called from its being the national
emblem of the Scotch. Sow thistleSow Sow, n. [OE. sowe, suwe, AS. sugu, akin to s[=u], D. zog,
zeug, OHG. s[=u], G. sau, Icel. s[=y]r, Dan. so, Sw. sugga,
so, L. sus. Gr. "y^s, sy^s, Zend. hu boar; probably from the
root seen in Skr. s[=u] to beget, to bear; the animal being
named in allusion to its fecundity. [root]294. Cf. Hyena,
Soil to stain, Son, Swine.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) The female of swine, or of the hog kind.
2. (Zo["o]l.) A sow bug.
(a) A channel or runner which receives the rows of molds
in the pig bed.
(b) The bar of metal which remains in such a runner.
(c) A mass of solidified metal in a furnace hearth; a
4. (Mil.) A kind of covered shed, formerly used by besiegers
in filling up and passing the ditch of a besieged place,
sapping and mining the wall, or the like. --Craig.
Sow bread. (Bot.) See Cyclamen.
Sow bug, or Sowbug (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous
species of terrestrial Isopoda belonging to Oniscus,
Porcellio, and allied genera of the family
Oniscid[ae]. They feed chiefly on decaying vegetable
Sow thistle [AS. sugepistel] (Bot.), a composite plant
(Sonchus oleraceus) said to be eaten by swine and some
other animals. Spear thistleSpear Spear, n. [OE. spere, AS. spere; akin to D. & G. speer,
OS. & OHS. sper, Icel. spj["o]r, pl., Dan. sp[ae]r, L.
1. A long, pointed weapon, used in war and hunting, by
thrusting or throwing; a weapon with a long shaft and a
sharp head or blade; a lance.
Note: [See Illust. of Spearhead.] ``A sharp ground spear.'
They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and
their spears into pruning hooks. --Micah iv. 3.
2. Fig.: A spearman. --Sir W. Scott.
3. A sharp-pointed instrument with barbs, used for stabbing
fish and other animals.
4. A shoot, as of grass; a spire.
5. The feather of a horse. See Feather, n., 4.
6. The rod to which the bucket, or plunger, of a pump is
attached; a pump rod.
Spear foot, the off hind foot of a horse.
Spear grass. (Bot.)
(a) The common reed. See Reed, n., 1.
(b) meadow grass. See under Meadow.
Spear hand, the hand in which a horseman holds a spear; the
right hand. --Crabb.
Spear side, the male line of a family. --Lowell.
Spear thistle (Bot.), the common thistle (Cnicus
lanceolatus). Star thistle Blazing star, Double star, Multiple star, Shooting
star, etc. See under Blazing, Double, etc.
Nebulous star (Astron.), a small well-defined circular
nebula, having a bright nucleus at its center like a star.
Star anise (Bot.), any plant of the genus Illicium; -- so
called from its star-shaped capsules.
Star apple (Bot.), a tropical American tree (Chrysophyllum
Cainito), having a milky juice and oblong leaves with a
silky-golden pubescence beneath. It bears an applelike
fruit, the carpels of which present a starlike figure when
cut across. The name is extended to the whole genus of
about sixty species, and the natural order
(Sapotace[ae]) to which it belongs is called the
Star conner, one who cons, or studies, the stars; an
astronomer or an astrologer. --Gascoigne.
Star coral (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of stony
corals belonging to Astr[ae]a, Orbicella, and allied
genera, in which the calicles are round or polygonal and
contain conspicuous radiating septa.
Star cucumber. (Bot.) See under Cucumber.
Star flower. (Bot.)
(a) A plant of the genus Ornithogalum;
(b) See Starwort
(c) An American plant of the genus Trientalis
(Trientalis Americana). --Gray.
Star fort (Fort.), a fort surrounded on the exterior with
projecting angles; -- whence the name.
Star gauge (Ordnance), a long rod, with adjustable points
projecting radially at its end, for measuring the size of
different parts of the bore of a gun.
Star grass. (Bot.)
(a) A small grasslike plant (Hypoxis erecta) having
star-shaped yellow flowers.
(b) The colicroot. See Colicroot.
Star hyacinth (Bot.), a bulbous plant of the genus Scilla
(S. autumnalis); -- called also star-headed hyacinth.
Star jelly (Bot.), any one of several gelatinous plants
(Nostoc commune, N. edule, etc.). See Nostoc.
Star lizard. (Zo["o]l.) Same as Stellion.
Star-of-Bethlehem (Bot.), a bulbous liliaceous plant
(Ornithogalum umbellatum) having a small white starlike
Star-of-the-earth (Bot.), a plant of the genus Plantago
(P. coronopus), growing upon the seashore.
Star polygon (Geom.), a polygon whose sides cut each other
so as to form a star-shaped figure.
Stars and Stripes, a popular name for the flag of the
United States, which consists of thirteen horizontal
stripes, alternately red and white, and a union having, in
a blue field, white stars to represent the several States,
one for each.
With the old flag, the true American flag, the
Eagle, and the Stars and Stripes, waving over the
chamber in which we sit. --D. Webster.
Star showers. See Shooting star, under Shooting.
Star thistle (Bot.), an annual composite plant (Centaurea
solstitialis) having the involucre armed with radiating
Star wheel (Mach.), a star-shaped disk, used as a kind of
ratchet wheel, in repeating watches and the feed motions
of some machines.
Star worm (Zo["o]l.), a gephyrean.
Temporary star (Astron.), a star which appears suddenly,
shines for a period, and then nearly or quite disappears.
These stars are supposed by some astronometers to be
variable stars of long and undetermined periods.
Variable star (Astron.), a star whose brilliancy varies
periodically, generally with regularity, but sometimes
irregularly; -- called periodical star when its changes
occur at fixed periods.
Water star grass (Bot.), an aquatic plant (Schollera
graminea) with small yellow starlike blossoms.
Meaning of Thistle from wikipedia
is the common
name of a group
of flowering plants characterised
with sharp prickles
on the margins, mostly
in the family
- The Most Ancient
and Most Noble Order
of the Thistle
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of the Order
milkthistle, Marian thistle
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- Partick Thistle Football
Club (nicknamed the Jags) are a professional football
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- Sow thistle
most often refers
in the genus Sonchus
may also refer
to Cicerbita, a genus
- Theophilus Thistle
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