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thistle

  1. Hebrew: hoah (2 Kings 14:9; Job 31:40). In Job 41:2 the Hebrew word is rendered “thorn,” but in the Revised Version “hook.” It is also rendered “thorn” in 2 Chr. 33:11; Prov. 26:9; Song of Songs 2:2; “brambles” in Isa. 34:13. It is supposed to be a variety of the wild plum-tree, but by some it is regarded as the common thistle, of which there are many varieties in Israel.

  2. Hebrew: dardar, meaning “a plant growing luxuriantly” (Gen. 3:18; Hos. 10:8); Greek: tribolos, “a triple point” (Matt. 7:16; Hebrews 6:8, “brier,” Revised Version “thistle”). This was probably the star-thistle, called by botanists Centaurea calcitropa, or “caltrops,” a weed common in corn-fields. (See Thorn.)