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

  Melon \Mel"on\ (m[e^]l"[u^]n), n. [F., fr. L. melo, for melopepo
     an apple-shaped melon, Gr. mhlope`pwn; mh^lon apple + pe`pwn
     a species of large melon; cf. L. malum apple. Cf.
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     1. (Bot.) The juicy fruit of certain cucurbitaceous plants,
        as the muskmelon, watermelon, and citron melon; also, the
        plant that produces the fruit.
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     2. (Zool.) A large, ornamental, marine, univalve shell of the
        genus Melo.
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     Melon beetle (Zool.), a small leaf beetle ({Diabrotiea
        vittata), which damages the leaves of melon vines.
     Melon cactus, Melon thistle.
        (a) (Bot.) A genus of cactaceous plants ({Melocactus)
            having a fleshy and usually globose stem with the
            surface divided into spiny longitudinal ridges, and
            bearing at the top a prickly and woolly crown in which
            the small pink flowers are half concealed. Melocactus
            communis, from the West Indies, is often cultivated,
            and sometimes called Turk's cap.
        (b) The related genus Mamillaria, in which the stem is
            tubercled rather than ribbed, and the flowers
            sometimes large. See Illust. under Cactus.
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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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