thorn (plural thorns)
- (botany) A sharp protective spine of a plant.
- Any shrub or small tree that bears thorns, especially a hawthorn.
- the white thorn
- the cockspur thorn
- (figuratively) That which pricks or annoys; anything troublesome.
- A letter of Latin script (capital: Þ, small: þ), borrowed from the futhark; today used only in Icelandic to represent the voiceless dental fricative, but originally used in several early Germanic scripts, including Old English where it represented the dental fricatives that are today written th (Old English did not have phonemic voicing distinctions for fricatives).
- See also Etymology of ye (definite article).
- thorn apple
- thorn broom (Calicotome spp.)
- thorn devil (Moloch horridus)
- thorn hopper (Centrotus cornutus)
sharp protective spine of a plant
letter of the Latin alphabet (Þ, þ)
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- To pierce with, or as if with, a thorn (sharp pointed object).
- 2003, Scott D. Zachary, Scorn This, page 175:
- Even Judge Bradley's callused sentiments were thorned by the narration of Jaclyn's journals.
to pierce with, or as if with, a thorn
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- Thorns, spines, and prickles on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
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thorn (plural thornes)
- A thorn (spine on a plant with a sharp point)
- Thorn or eth (the letter þ and/or ð )
- A plant having thorns, especially the hawthorn or rosebush.
- (rare) Thorns pulled from the ground for burning.
- (rare) A dish incorporating hawthorn.
Germanic cognates include Old English þorn (English thorn), Dutch doorn, Old High German thorn (German Dorn), Old Norse þorn (Swedish törne), Gothic 𐌸𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌽𐌿𐍃 (þaurnus). The Indo-European root is also the source of Old Church Slavonic трънъ (trŭnŭ) (Russian тёрн (tjorn, “sloe, blackthorn”)), Sanskrit तृण (tṛṇa, “grass”).
- thorn; thorny bush
Declension of thorn (masculine a-stem)