Thorn

Definition of Thorn

n.1.A hard and sharp-pointed projection from a woody stem; usually, a branch so transformed; a spine.
2.(Bot.) Any shrub or small tree which bears thorns; especially, any species of the genus Cratægus, as the hawthorn, whitethorn, cockspur thorn.
3.Fig.: That which pricks or annoys as a thorn; anything troublesome; trouble; care.
There was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me.
- 2 Cor. xii. 7.
The guilt of empire, all its thorns and cares,
Be only mine.
- Southern.
4.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.
Thorn apple
(Bot.) Jamestown weed.
Thorn broom
(Bot.) a shrub that produces thorns.
Thorn hedge
a hedge of thorn-bearing trees or bushes.
Thorn devil
(Zool.) See Moloch, 2.
Thorn hopper
(Zool.) a tree hopper (Thelia cratægi) which lives on the thorn bush, apple tree, and allied trees.
v. t.1.To prick, as with a thorn.
I am the only rose of all the stock
That never thorn'd him.
- Tennyson.

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