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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A low spreading weed, Centaurea Calcitrapa, with small heads of purple flowers, the involucral bracts ending in stiff spines, the leaves also spiny: in one form called mouse-thorn.
  • noun A native star-thistle (known also as Texas thistle) is Centaurea Americana, giving trouble from Texas to Kansas as an annual or perennial weed of cultivated ground; elsewhere planted for its rose or flesh-colored (sometimes white) flowers, and known under the name of basket-flower. A book-name is American centaury.

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  • noun Mediterranean annual or biennial herb having pinkish to purple flowers surrounded by spine-tipped scales; naturalized in America

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