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  1. A sharp protective spine of a plant.
  2. A letter of the Latin alphabet (capital: í, small: í¾), 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).
    Etymology: íorn and íorn, 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 (íaurnus). Further cognates include Old Church Slavonic ÑÑÑÑ (trÅnÅ) "thorn" and Sanskrit ààà (tááa) "grass".

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