ETYM Old Eng. brembil, AS. bręmel, bręmbel, braembel (akin to Old High Germ. brâmal), from the same root as Eng. broom, As. brôm. Related to Broom.
Any of various rough thorny shrubs or vines.
Any prickly bush of a genus Rubus belonging to the rose family Rosaceae. Examples are blackberry, raspberry, and dewberry.
ETYM OE holi, holin, AS. holen, holegn; akin to Dutch and German hulst, Old High Germ. huls hulis, W. celyn, Armor. kelen, Gael. cuilionn, Irish cuileann. Related to Holm, Hulver.
Any tree or shrub of the genus Ilex.
Tree or shrub of the genus Ilex, family Aquifoliaceae, generally with glossy, sharp-pointed leaves and red berries. American holly I. opaca of the E US is used for Christmas decorations. Leaves of the Brazilian holly I. paraguayensis are used to make the tea yerba maté.
ETYM Old Eng. thistil, AS. thistel; akin to Dutch and German distel, Old High Germ. distila, distil, Icel. thistill, Swed. tistel, Dan. tidsel; of uncertain origin.
Any of numerous plants of the family Compositae and especially of the genera Carduus and Cirsium and Onopordum having prickly-edged leaves.
Prickly plant of several genera, such as Carduus, Carlina, Onopordum, and Cirsium, in the family Compositae. The stems are spiny, the flower heads purple, white, or yellow and cottony, and the leaves deeply indented with prickly margins. The thistle is the Scottish national emblem.