Definition of Cotton thistle
1. Noun. Biennial Eurasian white hairy thistle having pale purple flowers; naturalized in North America.
Generic synonyms: Thistle
Group relationships: Genus Onopordon, Genus Onopordum, Onopordon, Onopordum
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cotton Thistle
Literary usage of Cotton thistle
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1. The British Flora: Or, Genera and Species of British Plants: Arranged After by Robert John Thornton (1812)
"Cotton-thistle, (From о NO«, G. an ass, and PERDO, crepo, because, says Pliny, asses who feed on these plants, for thistles appear to hare been purposely ..."
2. History of Cultivated Vegetables: Comprising Their Botanical, Medicinal by Henry Phillips (1822)
"The French artichoke, Cinara scolymus, grows wild in the fields of Italy, where it often attains the height of a man. The bottoms of the Cotton-thistle, ..."
3. Hortus Kewensis; Or, A Catalogue of the Plants Cultivated in the Royal by William Aiton (1812)
"Illyrian Cotton-thistle. Cult. 1648, in Oxford garden. Hort.oxon.ed,\. p. 1. n. \l. ... Arabian Cotton-thistle. Nat. of the South <it Europe. ..."
4. Chambers' Encyclopædia: A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge by William Chambers, Robert Chambers (1892)
"The Common cotton thistle (0. acanthium), a native of Europe, ... The cotton thistle has large elliptic leaves, and a broadly-winged stem. ..."