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  1. thorn
    IPA[THôrn]
  2. noun

    • 1. a stiff, sharp-pointed, straight or curved woody projection on the stem or other part of a plant.

    • 2. a source of discomfort, annoyance, or difficulty; an irritation or obstacle:

      the issue has become a thorn in renewing the peace talks
    • 3. a thorny bush, shrub, or tree, especially a hawthorn.

    • 4. an Old English and Icelandic runic letter, Þ or þ, representing the dental fricatives /T͟H/ and /TH/. In English it was eventually superseded by the digraph th.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: thorn, plural noun: thorns

    • German name for Toruń
    • noun

      a stiff, sharp-pointed woody projection on the stem or other part of a plant.

      a source of discomfort, annoyance, or difficulty; an irritation or obstacle:

    • German name for Toruń
    • noun

      a North American hawthorn that is often cultivated for its rich orange autumn foliage.

      any of a number of trees bearing long spiny thorns.

    • noun

      a thorny tropical American tree of the pea family, grown as an ornamental.

      see Christ's thorn

    • noun

      another term for jimson weed
    • noun

      a North American hawthorn which is grown for its rich orange autumn foliage.

      any of a number of trees bearing long spiny thorns.

    • noun

      a poisonous datura with large trumpet-shaped white flowers and toothed leaves, which has become a weed of waste ground in many countries.

      the prickly fruit of the thorn apple, which resembles that of a horse chestnut.

    • noun

      a thorny tropical American tree of the pea family, grown as an ornamental.
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