thorn, noun

Origin:
Shortened form of thorn-tree.
doringboom. Also attributive.
1821 G. Barker Journal. 11 Sept.Began to cut down thorns to fence my wheat land, the cattle being every day in it.
1835 T.H. Bowker Journal. 5 JuneChopping the thorns down near the watering place, making a new horse kraal.
1839 J. Collett Accounts. II. 12 JuneExceeding mild Winter Thorns not as yet lost all their leaves.
1976 S. Cloete Chetoko 158The thorns are in bloom now...In her mind Helen saw the little fluffy yellow balls of the thorn flowers and smelled them.
doringboom. Also attributive.
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