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thistle

noun [C] uk   /ˈθɪs.l̩/ us  
a wild plant with sharp points on the leaves and, typically, purple flowers: The thistle is the national emblem of Scotland.
Translations of “thistle”
in Korean 엉겅퀴…
in Arabic نَبات الشوك…
in French chardon…
in Turkish deve dikeni…
in Italian cardo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 薊(葉帶尖刺,多開紫色花)…
in Russian чертополох…
in Polish oset…
in Spanish cardo…
in Portuguese cardo…
in German die Distel…
in Catalan card…
in Japanese アザミ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 蓟(叶带尖刺,多开紫色花)…
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