from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a genus of annual or perennial Old World prickly thistles.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of erect herbs, natural order Compositæ, resembling the thistles (Cnicus), from which they are distinguished by the fact that the bristles of the pappus are not plumose.
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- n. genus of annual or perennial Old World prickly thistles
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The upper alpine zone (3,800 m-4,500 m) is more topographically diverse, and contains a more varied flora, including the giant rosette plants Lobelia telekii and L. keniensis, Senecio keniodendron and Carduus spp ..
-- The march to Suneassa continues over high downs, the vegetation being precisely as before, viz. Cnicus, Carduus, Prunella
_Begonia argyrostigma_ and _Carduus marianus_, in which it is produced by a layer of air interposed between the epidermis or outer skin of the leaf and the cells beneath; this gives the leaf a bright, silvery appearance.
This Milk Thistle (_Carduus marianus_) is said to be the empirical nostrum, _anti-glaireux_, of Count Mattaei.
The Melancholy Thistle (_Carduus heterophyllus_) has been held curative of melancholy.
The _Carduus benedictus_ (Blessed Thistle) was first  cultivated by Gerard in 1597, and has since become a common medicinal Simple.
Some of these are Thistles proper, as the _Carduus_, the
_Carduus marianus_, or Lady's Thistle, the common  Carline
Thistle, the _Carduus benedictus_ (Blessed Thistle), the wild Teasel
The fruit of the _Carduus marianus_ contains an oily bitter seed: the tender leaves in spring may be eaten as a salad; and the young peeled stalks, after being soaked, are excellent boiled, or baked in pies.