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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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He waved a thorny hand and at once the tinkling of bells was heard, playing sweet music.
We therefore blocked the entrance to our zareba by filling it up with several thorny bushes, and left our camp with the stores entirely surrounded by this protecting hedge.
When, following the course of our brook, we at last reached our glade and saw the thorny barricade of our camp, we thought that our adventures were at an end.
It was surrounded by a triple enclosure; the wire fence, then the hedge of thorny locusts, then the mulberry hedge which kept out the hot winds of summer and held fast to the protecting snows of winter.
The land still continued dry and sterile: but it supported many different kinds of plants, and the grass, though brown and withered, was more abundant, as the thorny bushes were less so.
The world is a thorny wilderness, my daughter, and its thorns are watered with a rain of blood, and we wander in our wretchedness like lost travellers in a mist; nor do I know why our feet are set on this wandering.
(Alliance News) - Botswana Diamonds PLC said Monday it has identified potential kimberlite pipes buried at shallow depth on the diamond explorer's Thorny River project in South Africa, following geophysical work.
A thorny issue for Facebook is its lack of procedures for authenticating the identities of those setting up accounts.
The incident occurred during his first round when playing partner Lee Westwood complained that a thorny vine Rahm moved on the 17th was still attached to the ground.
Written from the perspective of one friend to another who has fallen into a coma after a brain aneurysm, Mon amie americaine confronts thorny questions surrounding personalities, especially as they relate to friendship.
Salahuddin said that the roadmap's signing has opened the door for negotiating about thorny issues, a matter which necessitates the commitment to the stoppage of war and realization of peace country-wide by the end of the dialogue.
The book with a title "From Banking to the Thorny World Politics" was written by Shaukat Aziz in collaboration with British journalist Anna Mikhailova.