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(n.) Fig.: That which pricks or annoys as a thorn; anything troublesome; trouble; care.
(v. t.) To prick, as with a thorn.
(n.) A hard and sharp-pointed projection from a woody stem; usually, a branch so transformed; a spine.
(n.) Any shrub or small tree which bears thorns; especially, any species of the genus Crataegus, as the hawthorn, whitethorn, cockspur thorn.
(n.) The name of the Anglo-Saxon letter /, capital form /. It was used to represent both of the sounds of English th, as in thin, then. So called because it was the initial letter of thorn, a spine.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Thorn'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/t/thorn.html. 1828.