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

  Sow \Sow\, n. [OE. sowe, suwe, AS. sugu, akin to s[=u], D. zog,
     zeug, OHG. s[=u], G. sau, Icel. s[=y]r, Dan. so, Sw. sugga,
     so, L. sus. Gr. "y^s, sy^s, Zend. hu boar; probably from the
     root seen in Skr. s[=u] to beget, to bear; the animal being
     named in allusion to its fecundity. [root]294. Cf. Hyena,
     Soil to stain, Son, Swine.]
     1. (Zool.) The female of swine, or of the hog kind.
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     2. (Zool.) A sow bug.
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     3. (Metal.)
        (a) A channel or runner which receives the rows of molds
            in the pig bed.
        (b) The bar of metal which remains in such a runner.
        (c) A mass of solidified metal in a furnace hearth; a
            salamander.
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     4. (Mil.) A kind of covered shed, formerly used by besiegers
        in filling up and passing the ditch of a besieged place,
        sapping and mining the wall, or the like. --Craig.
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     Sow bread. (Bot.) See Cyclamen.
  
     Sow bug, or Sowbug (Zool.), any one of numerous species
        of terrestrial Isopoda belonging to Oniscus,
        Porcellio, and allied genera of the family Oniscidae.
        They feed chiefly on decaying vegetable substances.
  
     Sow thistle [AS. sugepistel] (Bot.), a composite plant
        ({Sonchus oleraceus) said to be eaten by swine and some
        other animals.
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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
        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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  sow thistle
      n 1: any of several Old World coarse prickly-leaved shrubs and
           subshrubs having milky juice and yellow flowers; widely
           naturalized; often noxious weeds in cultivated soil [syn:
           sow thistle, milk thistle]

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