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 for Cotton thistle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Thistle \This"tle\, n. [OE. thistil, AS. [thorn]istel; akin to
     D. & G. distel, OHG. distila, distil, Icel. [thorn]istill,
     Sw. tistel, Dan. tidsel; of uncertain origin.] (Bot.)
     Any one of several prickly composite plants, especially those
     of the genera Cnicus, Craduus, and Onopordon. The name
     is often also applied to other prickly plants.
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     Blessed thistle, Carduus benedictus, so named because it
        was formerly considered an antidote to the bite of
        venomous creatures.
  
     Bull thistle, Cnicus lanceolatus, the common large
        thistle of neglected pastures.
  
     Canada thistle, Cnicus arvensis, a native of Europe, but
        introduced into the United States from Canada.
  
     Cotton thistle, Onopordon Acanthium.
  
     Fuller's thistle, the teasel.
  
     Globe thistle, Melon thistle, etc. See under Globe,
        Melon, etc.
  
     Pine thistle, Atractylis gummifera, a native of the
        Mediterranean region. A vicid gum resin flows from the
        involucre.
  
     Scotch thistle, either the cotton thistle, or the musk
        thistle, or the spear thistle; -- all used national
        emblems of Scotland.
  
     Sow thistle, Sonchus oleraceus.
  
     Spear thistle. Same as Bull thistle.
  
     Star thistle, a species of Centaurea. See Centaurea.
  
     Torch thistle, a candelabra-shaped plant of the genus
        Cereus. See Cereus.
  
     Yellow thistle, Cincus horridulus.
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     Thistle bird (Zool.), the American goldfinch, or
        yellow-bird ({Spinus tristis); -- so called on account of
        its feeding on the seeds of thistles. See Illust. under
        Goldfinch.
  
     Thistle butterfly (Zool.), a handsomely colored American
        butterfly ({Vanessa cardui) whose larva feeds upon
        thistles; -- called also painted lady.
  
     Thistle cock (Zool.), the corn bunting ({Emberiza
        militaria). [Prov. Eng.]
  
     Thistle crown, a gold coin of England of the reign of James
        I., worth four shillings.
  
     Thistle finch (Zool.), the goldfinch; -- so called from its
        fondness for thistle seeds. [Prov. Eng.]
  
     Thistle funnel, a funnel having a bulging body and flaring
        mouth.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cotton \Cot"ton\ (k[o^]t"t'n), n. [F. coton, Sp. algodon the
     cotton plant and its wool, coton printed cotton, cloth, fr.
     Ar. qutun, alqutun, cotton wool. Cf. Acton, Hacqueton.]
     1. A soft, downy substance, resembling fine wool, consisting
        of the unicellular twisted hairs which grow on the seeds
        of the cotton plant. Long-staple cotton has a fiber
        sometimes almost two inches long; short-staple, from two
        thirds of an inch to an inch and a half.
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     2. The cotton plant. See Cotten plant, below.
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     3. Cloth made of cotton.
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     Note: Cotton is used as an adjective before many nouns in a
           sense which commonly needs no explanation; as, cotton
           bagging; cotton cloth; cotton goods; cotton industry;
           cotton mill; cotton spinning; cotton tick.
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     Cotton cambric. See Cambric, n., 2.
  
     Cotton flannel, the manufactures' name for a heavy cotton
        fabric, twilled, and with a long plush nap. In England it
        is called swan's-down cotton, or Canton flannel.
  
     Cotton gin, a machine to separate the seeds from cotton,
        invented by Eli Whitney.
  
     Cotton+grass+(Bot.),+a+genus+of+plants+({Eriphorum">Cotton grass (Bot.), a genus of plants ({Eriphorum) of the
        Sedge family, having delicate capillary bristles
        surrounding the fruit (seedlike achenia), which elongate
        at maturity and resemble tufts of cotton.
  
     Cotton mouse (Zool.), a field mouse ({Hesperomys
        gossypinus), injurious to cotton crops.
  
     Cotton plant (Bot.), a plant of the genus Gossypium, of
        several species, all growing in warm climates, and bearing
        the cotton of commerce. The common species, originally
        Asiatic, is Gossypium herbaceum.
  
     Cotton press, a building and machinery in which cotton
        bales are compressed into smaller bulk for shipment; a
        press for baling cotton.
  
     Cotton+rose+(Bot.),+a+genus+of+composite+herbs+({Filago">Cotton rose (Bot.), a genus of composite herbs ({Filago),
        covered with a white substance resembling cotton.
  
     Cotton scale (Zool.), a species of bark louse ({Pulvinaria
        innumerabilis), which does great damage to the cotton
        plant.
  
     Cotton shrub. Same as Cotton plant.
  
     Cotton stainer (Zool.), a species of hemipterous insect
        ({Dysdercus suturellus), which seriously damages growing
        cotton by staining it; -- called also redbug.
  
     Cotton thistle (Bot.), the Scotch thistle. See under
        Thistle.
  
     Cotton velvet, velvet in which the warp and woof are both
        of cotton, and the pile is of silk; also, velvet made
        wholly of cotton.
  
     Cotton waste, the refuse of cotton mills.
  
     Cotton wool, cotton in its raw or woolly state.
  
     Cotton worm (Zool.), a lepidopterous insect ({Aletia
        argillacea), which in the larval state does great damage
        to the cotton plant by eating the leaves. It also feeds on
        corn, etc., and hence is often called corn worm, and
        Southern army worm.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  cotton thistle
      n 1: biennial Eurasian white hairy thistle having pale purple
           flowers; naturalized in North America [syn: cotton
           thistle, woolly thistle, Scotch thistle, Onopordum
           acanthium, Onopordon acanthium]

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