Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Paliurus aculeatus, a deciduous shrub, a native of Palestine and the south of Europe: so named from a belief that the crown of thorns placed upon the head of Christ was made of it. See Paliurus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) One of several prickly or thorny shrubs found in Palestine, especially the Paliurus aculeatus, Zizyphus Spina-Christi, and Zizyphus vulgaris. The last bears the fruit called jujube, and may be considered to have been the most readily obtainable for the Crown of Thorns.
- n. spiny tree having dark red edible fruits
- n. thorny Eurasian shrub with dry woody winged fruit
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