One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A thorny shrub popularly supposed to have formed Christ's crown of thorns.
either of two shrubs related to the buckthorn (Paliurus spina-christi and Ziziphus spina-christi, family Rhamnaceae)
another term for crown of thorns (sense 2)
- ‘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.’
- ‘In some areas overseas, Christ's thorn has formed dense thickets and is considered to be a serious pest.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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