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blessed thistle


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An annual, yellow-flowered, thistlelike Mediterranean herb (Cnicus benedictus) in the composite family, used in herbal medicine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • See under thistle.
  • n. Carduus benedictus, so named because it was formerly considered an antidote to the bite of venomous creatures.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. tall Old World biennial thistle with large clasping white-blotched leaves and purple flower heads; naturalized in California and South America
  • n. annual of Mediterranean to Portugal having hairy stems and minutely spiny-toothed leaves and large heads of yellow flowers


From its use by monks in the Middle Ages.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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