Definition of Christ's thorn in US English:

Christ's thorn

noun

  • A thorny shrub popularly supposed to have formed Christ's crown of thorns.

    another term for crown of thorns (sense 2)

    either of two shrubs related to the buckthorn ("Paliurus spina-christi" and "Ziziphus spina-christi", family "Rhamnaceae")

    • ‘In addition to grains and small grasses, Weiss and his colleagues say Ohalo's early residents ate Mount Tabor acorns, almonds, pistachios, wild olives, along with fruits and berries that included Christ's thorn, raspberry, wild fig and wild grape.’
    • ‘In some areas overseas, Christ's thorn has formed dense thickets and is considered to be a serious pest.’
    • ‘In the first stretch you will observe the typical shrubs of the western sides of the Reserve: sweetgum, Christ's thorn, Spanish broom, juniper, phyllirea.’
    • ‘The site is dotted with rubble, Christ's thorn, and a few palm and olive trees.’
    • ‘It is called kerenda in Malaya, karaunda in Malaya and India; Bengal currant or Christ's thorn in South India; nam phrom, or namdaeng in Thailand; caramba, caranda, caraunda and perunkila in the Philippines.’