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1. A tree or shrub armed with spines or sharp ligneous shoots as the black thorn white thorn, &c. The word is sometimes applied to a bush with prickles as a rose on a thorn.
2. A sharp ligneous or woody shoot from the stem of a tree or shrub a sharp process from the woody part of a plant a spine. Thorn differs from prickle the latter being applied to the sharp points issuing from the bark of a plant and not attached to the wood, as in the rose and bramble. But in common usage, thorn is applied to the prickle of the rose, and in fact the two words are used promiscuously.
3. Any thing troublesome. St. Paul had a thorn in the flesh. 2 Corinthians 12; Numbers 33
4. In Scripture, great difficulties and impediments.

I will hedge up thy way with thorns. Hosea 2

5. Worldly cares things which prevent the growth of good principles. Matthew 13

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Entry for 'Thorn'. King James Dictionary.

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