Complete Definition of "thorn"

English

Alternative spellings
þorn, þ italbrac|letter of the alphabet

Etymology
ME. þorn and OE. þorn, from common Ger. *thurn(u)-, from PIE. *(s)ter-n- "sharp stalk or thorn", possibly derived from *ster- "stiff". Near cognates include German Dorn and Gothic 𐌸𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌽𐌿𐍃 (þaurnus). Further cognates include Old Church Slavonic трънъ (trŭnŭ) "thorn" and Sanskrit तृण (tṛṇa) "grass".

Pronunciation
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Noun
en-noun

  1. A sharp protective spine of a plant.
  2. A letter of the Latin alphabet (capital: Þ, small: þ), borrowed by Old English from the futhark to represent a dental fricative, then not distinguished from eth, but in modern use (in Icelandic and other languages, but no longer in English) used only for the voiceless dental fricative found in English thigh

#* See also Etymology of ye (definite article).

Derived terms
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thorn apple
thornbush
thorn in one's side
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Thornton
thorny

Translations
trans-top|sharp protective spine of a plant
Danish: torn c
Hebrew: he-translation|שית|shayit m
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trans-top|letter of the lattin alphabet (Þ, þ)
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ttbc|Afrikaans: doring
ttbc|Albanian: gjemb m
ttbc|Catalan: espina f
ttbc|Crimean Tatar: tegenek
ttbc|Croatian: trn m
ttbc|Dutch: doorn m
ttbc|Esperanto: dorno
ttbc|German: Dorn m
ttbc|French: épine f
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ttbc|Hungarian: tüske, tövis
ttbc|Icelandic: þorn
ttbc|Indonesian: duri
ttbc|Italian: spina f
ttbc|Kurdish: KUchar|دڕک
ttbc|Polish: cierń m
ttbc|Romanian: spin m, ghimpe m
ttbc|Serbian: trn m
ttbc|Spanish: espina f
ttbc|Telugu: ముల్లు (mullu)
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See also
eth, edh, eð, ð
wynn, wen, Æ¿
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