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Definition of Thorn


  1. A hard and sharp-pointed projection from a woody stem; usually, a branch so transformed; a spine.
  2. Any shrub or small tree which bears thorns; especially, any species of the genus Crataegus, as the hawthorn, whitethorn, cockspur thorn.
  3. Fig.: That which pricks or annoys as a thorn; anything troublesome; trouble; care.
  4. The name of the Anglo-Saxon letter /, capital form /. It was used to represent both of the sounds of English th, as in thin, then. So called because it was the initial letter of thorn, a spine.
  5. To prick, as with a thorn.

Thorn Quotations

Consciousness is much more than the thorn, it is the dagger in the flesh.
Emile M. Cioran

Only in art will the lion lie down with the lamb, and the rose grow without the thorn.
Martin Amis

The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses.

The rose and the thorn, and sorrow and gladness are linked together.

But he that dares not grasp the thorn Should never crave the rose.
Anne Bronte
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Thorn Translations

thorn in Danish is torn
thorn in Dutch is doorn
thorn in Finnish is piikki
thorn in German is Dorns, Dorn, Dorn
thorn in Italian is spina
thorn in Portuguese is espinho
thorn in Spanish is espina
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