from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shrub that produces thorns.


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  • "There," said Bauheen, as the branch of a lifted thorn-bush poked itself into Colum-cille's eyes, "I knew you'd get it, too."

    St Patrick's Day

  • Well, do you see the low hill beyond with the thorn-bush upon it?

    The Seriously Deranged Writer and the Model Cars

  • “I am under the thorn-bush/Nimble, menacing,/Laughing [at] its thorns/To greet you I straightened up.”

    Esther Raab.

  • The songs of the Edda made a lasting impression on her, and she wrote that the lectures about them were 'the only ones that go too quickly... the translation of a description of a chieftain: "Helgi rose high above chieftains as the nobly-born ash-tree above the thorn-bush or as a young deer, dew-sprinkled, rises above all other deer, and his horns burn high to heaven itself."

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  • A butcher bird sat on the air-con unit outside the kitchen window every day and sang so sweetly you would never guess it was a killer that stabbed and speared its prey, leaving the corpses hanging in a thorn-bush larder.


  • The string round the top of the net must be attached to some stout tree, and not to any mere shrub or thorn-bush, since these light-bending branches will give way to strain on open ground. 321 All about each net it will be well to stop with timber even places322 “where harbrough nis to see,” so that the hulking brute may drive a straight course323 into the toils without tacking.

    On Hunting

  • Then they went into the wood thereby in the heat of the afternoon, and so wore the day, that they deemed themselves belated, and lay there under a thorn-bush the night through.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • Every kind of thorn-bush lay in wait for my skin, creepers tripped me up, high trees shut out the light, and I was in constant fear lest a black mamba might appear out of the tangle.

    Prester John

  • All that I have to say, is, to tell you that the lanthorn is the moon; I, the man in the moon; this thorn-bush, my thorn-bush; and this dog, my dog.

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • At eight next morning we set out through an uninteresting thorn-bush towards one of those Tetes or isolated hills which form admirable bench-marks in the Somali country.

    First footsteps in East Africa


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