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

  Globe \Globe\ (gl[=o]b), n. [L. globus, perh. akin to L. glomus
     a ball of yarn, and E. clump, golf: cf. F. globe.]
     1. A round or spherical body, solid or hollow; a body whose
        surface is in every part equidistant from the center; a
        ball; a sphere.
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     2. Anything which is nearly spherical or globular in shape;
        as, the globe of the eye; the globe of a lamp.
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     3. The earth; the terraqueous ball; -- usually preceded by
        the definite article. --Locke.
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     4. A round model of the world; a spherical representation of
        the earth or heavens; as, a terrestrial or celestial
        globe; -- called also artificial globe.
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     5. A body of troops, or of men or animals, drawn up in a
        circle; -- a military formation used by the Romans,
        answering to the modern infantry square.
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              Him round
              A globe of fiery seraphim inclosed.   --Milton.
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     Globe amaranth (Bot.), a plant of the genus Gomphrena
        ({G. globosa), bearing round heads of variously colored
        flowers, which long retain color when gathered.
     Globe animalcule, a small, globular, locomotive organism
        ({Volvox globator), once throught to be an animal,
        afterward supposed to be a colony of microscopic alg[ae].
     Globe of compression (Mil.), a kind of mine producing a
        wide crater; -- called also overcharged mine.
     Globe daisy (Bot.), a plant or flower of the genus
        Globularing, common in Europe. The flowers are minute
        and form globular heads.
     Globe sight, a form of front sight placed on target rifles.
     Globe slater (Zool.), an isopod crustacean of the genus
     Globe thistle (Bot.), a thistlelike plant with the flowers
        in large globular heads ({Cynara Scolymus); also, certain
        species of the related genus Echinops.
     Globe valve.
        (a) A ball valve.
        (b) A valve inclosed in a globular chamber. --Knight.
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     Syn: Globe, Sphere, Orb, Ball.
     Usage: Globe denotes a round, and usually a solid body;
            sphere is the term applied in astronomy to such a
            body, or to the concentric spheres or orbs of the old
            astronomers; orb is used, especially in poetry, for
            globe or sphere, and also for the pathway of a
            heavenly body; ball is applied to the heavenly bodies
            concieved of as impelled through space.
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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
     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
     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
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  globe thistle
      n 1: any of various plants of the genus Echinops having prickly
           leaves and dense globose heads of bluish flowers

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