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  • n. Alternative form of thorn apple.


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  • I sat on the stairs outside the shrine and pressed the brittle spikes of a thornapple into my palm.


  • I split open the dried thornapple and offered the brown seeds to a breeze that whistled down the gorge, so Moonflower might take root where it suited her, in the muck by the river or the cracks between boulders.


  • I plucked from the moonflower a dried thornapple that had split into four neat sections, and shook nine dark seeds into my palm.


  • Otherwise it was mostly young second-growth forest, meadows, stone walls, and recently abandoned farmland pastures, orchards, and woodlots growing thick with blackberry and thornapple, alder and poplar, pine and hemlock, and oak and beech.

    Five Aces

  • We looked for apple orchards gone wild, alder-edged streambottoms, pastures grown to clumps of pine and thornapple, and hillsides thick with second-growth poplar and birch-anything that looked birdy, which meant anything that looked like a place where we'd found birds in the past.

    Five Aces

  • It was hashish that the Old Man of the Mountain, the chief of the sect of Assassins, had recourse to for intoxicating his adepts, and it was, it is thought, by the use of a virulent solanaceous plant -- henbane, thornapple, or belladonna -- that he succeeded in rendering them insensible.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 446, July 19, 1884

  • The term "Apple" was applied by the ancients indiscriminately to almost every kind of round fleshy fruit, [27] such as the thornapple, the pineapple, and the loveapple.

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

  • The essential character of the purple thornapple lies in the color of the flowers, which are of a very beautiful pale blue.

    Species and Varieties, Their Origin by Mutation

  • The white and red campions give a red hybrid, the black and pale henbane (_Hyoscyamus niger_ and _H. pallidus_) give a hybrid [284] with the purple veins and center in the corolla of the former, the white and blue thornapple produce a blue hybrid, and so on.

    Species and Varieties, Their Origin by Mutation

  • I have chosen the color of the purple thornapple as a first example, but the colors of other plants show so many diverging aspects, all pointing so clearly to the same conclusion, that it would be well to take a more extensive view of this interesting subject.

    Species and Varieties, Their Origin by Mutation


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