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Thorn

(thorn),
George W., 20th-century U.S. physician. See: Thorn test, Thorn syndrome.

thorn

(thōrn),
In anatomy, a thornlike or spinous structure.

thorn

a sharply pointed woody plant structure formed from a modified branch.
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All night long she sang, and the thorn went deeper and deeper into her breast, and her life-blood ebbed away from her.
But the Tree cried to the Nightingale to press closer against the thorn.
there, on the farther side of the thorn fence, looking large in the grey mist, stood the lad Umslopogaas, laughing.
Now the lions were close to us; they came to the body of the second cub, that lay outside the fence of thorns.
The feel of the long spear shaft in his hand and the sight of the tree beyond the lion gave the lad an idea--a preposterous idea--a ridiculous, forlorn hope of an idea; but there was no time now to weigh chances--there was but a single chance, and that was the thorn tree.
Just in front of the lion the boy placed the butt of his spear upon the ground, gave a mighty spring, and, before the bewildered beast could guess the trick that had been played upon him, sailed over the lion's head into the rending embrace of the thorn tree--safe but lacerated.
With the same anxious forethought he wrote a letter of instructions to Captain Thorn, in which he urged the strictest attention to the health of himself and his crew, and to the promotion of good-humor and harmony on board his ship.
There are lots of waste ground by the side of the roads in every village, amounting often to village greens, where feed the pigs and ganders of the people; and these roads are old-fashioned, homely roads, very dirty and badly made, and hardly endurable in winter, but still pleasant jog- trot roads running through the great pasture-lands, dotted here and there with little clumps of thorns, where the sleek kine are feeding, with no fence on either side of them, and a gate at the end of each field, which makes you get out of your gig (if you keep one), and gives you a chance of looking about you every quarter of a mile.
His eyelids closed, and his head sank on his shoulders, but the thorns ran into him and were so painful that he awoke at once.
And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprung up and choked them.
That night two uncles and another brother stepped on poisoned thorns and died horribly.
Thenceforth the Annos had feared the thorns too greatly to dare again, although ever their vindictiveness smouldered and they lived in hope of the day when Nalasu's head should adorn their ridgepole.