American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A trailing or climbing spiny shrub (Euphorbia milii) native to Madagascar and cultivated as a houseplant, having showy flower clusters with usually red, petallike bracts.
- n. The Christ's thorn.
“Dressed in flowing white, wearing a crown-of-thorns headdress and posing with arms outstretched, crucifixion-style, Lilo was snapped by style photographer Terry Richardson for the new issue of Purple Magazine.”
“The need for such research has become more critical in recent years with the Reef's inclusion on the World Heritage List, concern resulting from crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks and intensifying human demands placed on the resource.”
“Sodium bisulphate is currently the best choice to poison crown-of-thorns with, since it eventually breaks down in seawater.”
“This means that regulating the fishing practices around the world would be useful in preventing the crown-of-thorns from destroying reefs.”
“Unlike any other starfish, crown-of-thorns prey directly on live coral.”
“Some people have taken the matter into their own hands and taken groups of divers out to the reefs in order to kill the crown-of-thorns themselves.”
“Another cause of outbreaks is the overfishing of some of the crown-of-thorns main predators.”
“The massive loss of corals by crown-of-thorns is taking a big toll on the tourist economy.”
“Without the fish populations to keep the levels of crown-of-thorns in balance, the sea stars explode in numbers.”
“Divers have also attempted to kill the crown-of-thorns by injecting them with poison.”
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