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Althorn
Althorn Alt"horn`, n. [Alt + horn.] (Mus.) An instrument of the saxhorn family, used exclusively in military music, often replacing the French horn. --Grove.
Blackthorn
Blackthorn Black"thorn`, n. (Bot.) (a) A spreading thorny shrub or small tree (Prunus spinosa), with blackish bark, and bearing little black plums, which are called sloes; the sloe. (b) A species of Crat[ae]gus or hawthorn (C. tomentosa). Both are used for hedges.
Boxthorn
Boxthorn Box"thorn`, n. (Bot.) A plant of the genus Lycium, esp. Lycium barbarum.
Buckthorn
Buckthorn Buck"thorn`, n. (Bot.) A genus (Rhamnus) of shrubs or trees. The shorter branches of some species terminate in long spines or thorns. See Rhamnus. Sea buckthorn, a plant of the genus Hippopha["e].
But-thorn
But-thorn But"-thorn`, n. (Zo["o]l.) The common European starfish (Asterias rubens).
Cascara buckthorn
Cascara buckthorn Cas"ca*ra buck"thorn` (Bot.) The buckthorn (Rhamnus Purshiana) of the Pacific coast of the United States, which yields cascara sagrada.
Cockspur thorn
Cockspur Cock"spur, n. (Bot.) A variety of Crat[ae]gus, or hawthorn (C. Crus-galli), having long, straight thorns; -- called also Cockspur thorn.
Glasstonbury thorn
Glasstonbury thorn Glass"ton*bur*y thorn` (Bot.) A variety of the common hawthorn. --Loudon.
Hawthorn
Hawthorn Haw"thorn`, n. [AS. hagaborn, h[ae]g?orn. See Haw a hedge, and Thorn.] (Bot.) A thorny shrub or tree (the Crat[ae]gus oxyacantha), having deeply lobed, shining leaves, small, roselike, fragrant flowers, and a fruit called haw. It is much used in Europe for hedges, and for standards in gardens. The American hawthorn is Crat[ae]gus cordata, which has the leaves but little lobed. Gives not the hawthorn bush a sweeter shade To shepherds? --Shak.
Haythorn
Haythorn Hay"thorn`, n. Hawthorn. --R. Scot.
Jerusalem thorn
Jerusalem Je*ru"sa*lem, n. [Gr. ?, fr. Heb. Y?r?sh[=a]laim.] The chief city of Palestine, intimately associated with the glory of the Jewish nation, and the life and death of Jesus Christ. Jerusalem artichoke [Perh. a corrupt. of It. girasole i.e., sunflower, or turnsole. See Gyre, Solar.] (Bot.) (a) An American plant, a perennial species of sunflower (Helianthus tuberosus), whose tubers are sometimes used as food. (b) One of the tubers themselves. Jerusalem cherry (Bot.), the popular name of either of either of two species of Solanum (S. Pseudo-capsicum and S. capsicastrum), cultivated as ornamental house plants. They bear bright red berries of about the size of cherries. Jerusalem oak (Bot.), an aromatic goosefoot (Chenopodium Botrys), common about houses and along roadsides. Jerusalem sage (Bot.), a perennial herb of the Mint family (Phlomis tuberosa). Jerusalem thorn (Bot.), a spiny, leguminous tree (Parkinsonia aculeata), widely dispersed in warm countries, and used for hedges. The New Jerusalem, Heaven; the Celestial City.
Lanthorn
Lanthorn Lan"thorn, n. See Lantern. [Obs.]
May thorn
May May, n. [F. Mai, L. Maius; so named in honor of the goddess Maia (Gr. ?), daughter of Atlas and mother of Mercury by Jupiter.] 1. The fifth month of the year, containing thirty-one days. --Chaucer. 2. The early part or springtime of life. His May of youth, and bloom of lustihood. --Shak. 3. (Bot.) The flowers of the hawthorn; -- so called from their time of blossoming; also, the hawthorn. The palm and may make country houses gay. --Nash. Plumes that micked the may. --Tennyson. 4. The merrymaking of May Day. --Tennyson. Italian may (Bot.), a shrubby species of Spir[ae]a (S. hypericifolia) with many clusters of small white flowers along the slender branches. May apple (Bot.), the fruit of an American plant (Podophyllum peltatum). Also, the plant itself (popularly called mandrake), which has two lobed leaves, and bears a single egg-shaped fruit at the forking. The root and leaves, used in medicine, are powerfully drastic. May beetle, May bug (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of large lamellicorn beetles that appear in the winged state in May. They belong to Melolontha, and allied genera. Called also June beetle. May Day, the first day of May; -- celebrated in the rustic parts of England by the crowning of a May queen with a garland, and by dancing about a May pole. May dew, the morning dew of the first day of May, to which magical properties were attributed. May flower (Bot.), a plant that flowers in May; also, its blossom. See Mayflower, in the vocabulary. May fly (Zo["o]l.), any species of Ephemera, and allied genera; -- so called because the mature flies of many species appear in May. See Ephemeral fly, under Ephemeral. May game, any May-day sport. May lady, the queen or lady of May, in old May games. May lily (Bot.), the lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis). May pole. See Maypole in the Vocabulary. May queen, a girl or young woman crowned queen in the sports of May Day. May thorn, the hawthorn.
Orange thorn
Orange Or"ange, n. [F.; cf. It. arancia, arancio, LL. arangia, Sp. naranjia, Pg. laranja; all fr. Ar. n[=a]ranj, Per. n[=a]ranj, n[=a]rang; cf. Skr. n[=a]ranga orange tree. The o- in F. orange is due to confusion with or gold, L. aurum, because the orange resembles gold in color.] 1. The fruit of a tree of the genus Citrus (C. Aurantium). It is usually round, and consists of pulpy carpels, commonly ten in number, inclosed in a leathery rind, which is easily separable, and is reddish yellow when ripe. Note: There are numerous varieties of oranges; as, the bitter orange, which is supposed to be the original stock; the navel orange, which has the rudiment of a second orange imbedded in the top of the fruit; the blood orange, with a reddish juice; and the horned orange, in which the carpels are partly separated. 2. (Bot.) The tree that bears oranges; the orange tree. 3. The color of an orange; reddish yellow. Mandarin orange. See Mandarin. Mock orange (Bot.), any species of shrubs of the genus Philadelphus, which have whitish and often fragrant blossoms. Native orange, or Orange thorn (Bot.), an Australian shrub (Citriobatus parviflorus); also, its edible yellow berries. Orange bird (Zo["o]l.), a tanager of Jamaica (Tanagra zena); -- so called from its bright orange breast. Orange cowry (Zo["o]l.), a large, handsome cowry (Cypr[ae]a aurantia), highly valued by collectors of shells on account of its rarity. Orange grass (Bot.), an inconspicuous annual American plant (Hypericum Sarothra), having minute, deep yellow flowers. Orange oil (Chem.), an oily, terpenelike substance obtained from orange rind, and distinct from neroli oil, which is obtained from the flowers. Orange pekoe, a kind of black tea. Orange pippin, an orange-colored apple with acid flavor. Quito orange, the orangelike fruit of a shrubby species of nightshade (Solanum Quitoense), native in Quito. Orange scale (Zo["o]l.) any species of scale insects which infests orange trees; especially, the purple scale (Mytilaspis citricola), the long scale (M. Gloveri), and the red scale (Aspidiotus Aurantii).
Sea buckthorn
Buckthorn Buck"thorn`, n. (Bot.) A genus (Rhamnus) of shrubs or trees. The shorter branches of some species terminate in long spines or thorns. See Rhamnus. Sea buckthorn, a plant of the genus Hippopha["e].
Shorthorn
Shorthorn Short"horn`, a. One of a breed of large, heavy domestic cattle having short horns. The breed was developed in England.
Straighthorn
Straighthorn Straight"horn`, n. (Paleon.) An orthoceras.
Thornback
Thornback Thorn"back`, n. 1. (Zo["o]l.) A European skate (Raia clavata) having thornlike spines on its back. 2. (Zo["o]l.) The large European spider crab or king crab (Maia squinado).
Thornbill
Thornbill Thorn"bill`, n. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of small, brilliantly colored American birds of the genus Rhamphomicron. They have a long, slender, sharp bill, and feed upon honey, insects, and the juice of the sugar cane.
Thornbird
Thornbird Thorn"bird`, n. (Zo["o]l.) A small South American bird (Anumbius anumbii) allied to the ovenbirds of the genus Furnarius). It builds a very large and complex nest of twigs and thorns in a bush or tree.
Thornbut
Thornbut Thorn"but, n. [Thorn + -but as in halibut; cf. G. dornbutt.] (Zo["o]l.) The turbot.
thornhead
Thorn-headed Thorn"-head`ed, a. Having a head armed with thorns or spines. Thorn-headed worm (Zo["o]l.), any worm of the order Acanthocephala; -- called also thornhead.
Thorn-headed
Thorn-headed Thorn"-head`ed, a. Having a head armed with thorns or spines. Thorn-headed worm (Zo["o]l.), any worm of the order Acanthocephala; -- called also thornhead.
Thorn-headed worm
Thorn-headed Thorn"-head`ed, a. Having a head armed with thorns or spines. Thorn-headed worm (Zo["o]l.), any worm of the order Acanthocephala; -- called also thornhead.
Thornier
Thorny Thorn"y, a. [Compar. Thornier; superl. Thorniest.] [Cf. AS. [thorn]orniht.] 1. Full of thorns or spines; rough with thorns; spiny; as, a thorny wood; a thorny tree; a thorny crown. 2. Like a thorn or thorns; hence, figuratively, troublesome; vexatious; harassing; perplexing. ``The thorny point of bare distress.' --Shak. The steep and thorny way to heaven. --Shak. Thorny rest-harrow (Bot.), rest-harrow. Thorny trefoil, a prickly plant of the genus Fagonia (F. Cretica, etc.).
Thorniest
Thorny Thorn"y, a. [Compar. Thornier; superl. Thorniest.] [Cf. AS. [thorn]orniht.] 1. Full of thorns or spines; rough with thorns; spiny; as, a thorny wood; a thorny tree; a thorny crown. 2. Like a thorn or thorns; hence, figuratively, troublesome; vexatious; harassing; perplexing. ``The thorny point of bare distress.' --Shak. The steep and thorny way to heaven. --Shak. Thorny rest-harrow (Bot.), rest-harrow. Thorny trefoil, a prickly plant of the genus Fagonia (F. Cretica, etc.).
Thornless
Thornless Thorn"less, a. Destitute of, or free from, thorns.
Thornset
Thornset Thorn"set`, a. Set with thorns. --Dyer.
Thorntail
Thorntail Thorn"tail`, n. (Zo["o]l.) A beautiful South American humming bird (Gouldia Popelairii), having the six outer tail feathers long, slender, and pointed. The head is ornamented with a long, pointed crest.
Thorny
Thorny Thorn"y, a. [Compar. Thornier; superl. Thorniest.] [Cf. AS. [thorn]orniht.] 1. Full of thorns or spines; rough with thorns; spiny; as, a thorny wood; a thorny tree; a thorny crown. 2. Like a thorn or thorns; hence, figuratively, troublesome; vexatious; harassing; perplexing. ``The thorny point of bare distress.' --Shak. The steep and thorny way to heaven. --Shak. Thorny rest-harrow (Bot.), rest-harrow. Thorny trefoil, a prickly plant of the genus Fagonia (F. Cretica, etc.).

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