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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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They flayed the lad alive and hung his skin on a nearby thorn bush.
She added: "Thomas found it stuck in a thorn bush - he only noticed it because it was in a shiny purple material.
Euphorbia millii ``Crown of Thorns,'' which shows off reddish bracts -- modified leaves that look like flowers -- throughout the year, is available both as a compact, cushiony dwarf and as an upright, branching thorn bush that eventually reaches a height of nearly five feet.
It won't stop a charging elephant, but it certainly got me untangled from a thorn bush and cut biltong (African jerky) with aplomb.
I was completely hidden behind a thorn bush, but still he found me.
Pitched against the infinitely fractured politics of the Sudanese civil war, it became a veritable thorn bush, pricking all but the most wary.
Scarcely had they gone a hundred steps when the leader ran into a large thorn bush and stopped.
There are no fewer than a dozen buffalo showing in front of us when the big bull passes behind a ground-hugging thorn bush not 25 yards away.
I started to run but eventually I realised there was no way I was going to outrun the elephant and tried to hide under a thorn bush.
These are the worst enemy of the palaeontologist," says Calvo, grasping the grey, gnarled branch of a thorn bush.
Although a number of areas are defined as semi-desert, the largest part of the Kalahari is thorn bush and dry savannah.