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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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Chills flew up my spine and my cheeks numbed as I plowed through thorn bushes and briars to my dad.
Put some savage shrubs in any flower beds below your front windows, train prickly climbing plants up your fences and walls, and plant thickets and thorn bushes in front of likely entry and escape routes, it says.
Beware of the dog" signs may not scare off many burglars but, according to direct insurer Zurich Municipal, plants might just do the trick as thieves are reluctant to clamber through thorn bushes, brambles and prickly leaves.
Yet the dad of two still had one more obstacle to overcome - he'd to stagger a mile through thorn bushes to raise the alarm.
Thorn bushes are the only other vegetation in a bare, beautiful but damaged landscape.
The first blow to the population came in the early 1980s, when poachers killed off most of the elephants, which used to clear the land of thorn bushes and make room for grazers.
When Stoneman writes: "If Gibbon had visited Palmyra, might he have found, as he sat among the golden anemones and the thorn bushes, musing under the columns of the tetrapylon, while the barefoot mullahs were chanting the call to prayer beside the Temple of Bel, that here was a theme for his pen as great, if inescapably elusive, as the Decline and Fall of Rome?
In a scraggly area of refugee huts and thorn bushes on the edge of Mogadishu, a four-vehicle patrol of Pakistani soldiers drives past one such band of armed youths.
My spruces looked too frail to be out and about in a world filled with Russian thistles and wild roses and thorn bushes.
At first Jonathan tried to give the elephant the slip by zigzagging through a large clump of thorn bushes, but it smashed him on the back with its trunk and knocked him to the ground.
Bolt's manager, Norman Peart, said the 22-year-old sustained nothing worse than scratches from thorn bushes when he stepped out of the car on the side of the road.
Thorn bushes have berries that are a critical food supply for birds and small mammals like bank voles, which are in turn eaten by barn owls and other predators.