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Definitions of thorn

  1. To prick, as with a thorn. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. a sharp-pointed tip on a stem or leaf Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a Germanic character of runic origin Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. A hard and sharp-pointed projection from a woody stem; usually, a branch so transformed; a spine. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Any shrub or small tree which bears thorns; especially, any species of the genus Crataegus, as the hawthorn, whitethorn, cockspur thorn. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Fig.: That which pricks or annoys as a thorn; anything troublesome; trouble; care. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. The name of the Anglo-Saxon letter , capital form . It was used to represent both of the sounds of English th, as in thin, then. So called because it was the initial letter of thorn, a spine. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. A prickle, spine, or sharp point, as on a plant or an animal; a prickly tree or shrub; hence, anything that troubles or annoys; care. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. A sharp, woody spine on the stem of a plant: a spine: a plant having spines or thorns: anything prickly or troublesome. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. Sharp spine on a plant; a plant having thorns. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. A sharp pointed outgrowth from a branch. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. A spiny shrub or tree. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. A tree or shrub armed with spines or sharp ligneous shoots; a spine; anything troublesome; impediment; worldly care. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. A tree or shrub armed with sharp spines; a spine; a prickle; anything that causes great trouble and anxiety. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for thorn

  1. Thanks, Thorn I'll do you a favor some day. – Dead Giveaway by Gordon Randall Garrett
  2. He got to horse, and rode to the river, leaving the maiden beneath the thorn – French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France by Marie de France
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