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

  • n. Any of various shrubs or bushes having thorns or spines.

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  • n. Any of many thorny or spiny shrubs and bushes.


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  • I felt like the place was telling me to go to a thornbush, so I went and sat under it.

    Henry’s Demons

  • As they floated after Tally, scraping past girders and jagged chunks of concrete, Aya and Frizz collected scratches like they were crawling through a thornbush.

    Scott Westerfeld: Uglies Quartet

  • He rolled, bouncing from one outcrop to the next, until he managed to fling out an arm and grab on to a scrubby thornbush.

    Songs of Love & Death

  • Moving quickly, two more of the soldiers in the courtyard jammed onto his skull a cap they had formed from a thornbush growing in the courtyard.

    The Shroud Codex

  • They peeled off the main road onto a dirt track that cut into a mass of thornbush and creeping triffid weed.

    Let The Dead Lie

  • "Great," said Welly, sitting by the thornbush cooking fire with all the others of the tribe.

    Who Do You Say I Am

  • He slowly moved his toes in the sock and a verse occurred to him which compared the feet of Christ to a white roebuck in a thornbush.


  • Some areas have savanna woodland, monsoon forest, thornbush, and tropical scrub.

    Savanna Division (Bailey)

  • At Killarney, just east of Bulawayo, there are squatters 'villages in the thornbush countryside, dwellings thrown together from pieces of rusted metal, scraps of fenders from cars, brush, whatever they could find.

    Living on Pennies

  • Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.

    Archive 2008-04-01


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  • Also listed at thorn-bush.

    November 13, 2008