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thorn / [unvoicedth]ôrn/ • n. 1. a stiff, sharp-pointed, straight or curved woody projection on the stem or other part of a plant. ∎ fig. a source of discomfort, annoyance, or difficulty; an irritation or an obstacle: the issue has become a thorn in renewing the peace talks. See also a thorn in someone's side below. 2. (also thorn bush or thorn tree) a thorny bush, shrub, or tree, esp. a hawthorn. 3. an Old English and Icelandic runic letter, Þ or þ, representing the dental fricatives / [voicedth]/ and / [unvoicedth]/ . In English it was eventually superseded by the digraph th. Compare with eth. PHRASES: a thorn in someone's side (or flesh) a source of continual annoyance or trouble: the pastor has long been a thorn in the side of the regime.DERIVATIVES: thorn·less adj. (in sense 1). thorn·proof / -ˌproōf/ adj. (in sense 1).

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THORN

THORN. The name of a runic LETTER and its manuscript and printed form þ, used in OLD ENGLISH and MIDDLE ENGLISH for voiced and voiceless th. In late medieval times, its form became similar to, and in some handwriting identical with, y, with the result that ye, yis, yat, etc., were used (well into modern times) as variants of the, this, that, etc.: the origin of ye for the in such phrases and names as Ye Olde Englishe Tea Shoppe (often facetiously pronounced ‘ye oldy Englishy tea shoppy’). See ETH, RUNE, T.

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thorn

thorn sharp-pointed process on a plant; thornbearing plant. OE. þorn = OS. thorn (Du. doorn), (O)HG. dorn, ON. þorn, Goth. þaurnus :- Gmc. þurnuz :- IE. *tṛnus, f. *tṛn- tern-, repr. also by OIr. tráinín small stalk of grass, OSl. trŭnŭ thorn, Skr. tṛ́ṇa- grass-stalk, Gr. térnax cactus prickle.
Hence thorny (-Y1) OE. þorniġ.

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thorn (in botany)

thorn, sharp-pointed projection on some plants, usually protective in function. Botanically, thorns are distinguished as modified stems (as in the honey locust and hawthorn) from spines, which are modified leaves (as in the barberry), and from prickles, which are epidermal outgrowths of the bark (as in the rose and blackberry). Cacti have both thorns and spines.

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thorn

thorn A hard side stem with a sharp point at the tip, replacing the growing point. In some plants the development of thorns and subsequent suppression of the growing points may be a response to dry conditions. Examples are the thorns of gorse and hawthorn. Compare prickle; spine.

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thorn

thorn2 thorn in the flesh a constant affliction, a source of continual trouble and annoyance; often with biblical allusion to 2 Corinthians 12:7. The phrase thorn in the side is also frequently used.

See also crown of thorns, no rose without a thorn.

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thorn

thorn1 an Old English and Icelandic runic letter, þ or Þ. It was eventually superseded by the digraph th, but has been used as a phonetic symbol for the voiceless dental fricative.

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thorn

thorn A woody, projecting structure with a sharp point that is derived from the leaf, stem, or branch of the plant and is connected to its vascular system.

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Thorn

Thorn / tôrn/ German name for Toruń.

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Thorn (German name for Toruń, Poland)

Thorn: see Toruń, Poland.

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thorn

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