crown of thorns

crown of thorns
1. a coral-eating starfish (Acanthaster planci) of the tropical Pacific region, having arms covered with long spines: also crown-of-thorns starfish or crown-of-thorns
2. a shrub (Euphorbia milii) of the spurge family, having long spines and bright red or yellow bracts

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  • Crown of Thorns — • Mentioned by three Evangelists and is often alluded to by the early Christian Fathers, such as Clement of Alexandria, Origen, and others, but there are comparatively few writers of the first six centuries who speak of it as a relic known to be… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • crown of thorns — crown′ of thorns′ n. 1) pln a climbing spurge, Euphorbia milii splendens, of Madagascar, having spiny stems and flowers with petallike red bracts 2) ivt Also, crown′ of thorns′. a starfish, Acanthaster planci that feeds on living coral polyps,… …   From formal English to slang

  • crown-of-thorns — (kroun əv thôrnzʹ) n. 1. A trailing or climbing spiny shrub (Euphorbia milii) native to Madagascar and cultivated as a houseplant, having showy flower clusters with usually red, petallike bracts. 2. The Christ s thorn. * * * …   Universalium

  • Crown of Thorns — For other uses, see Crown of Thorns (disambiguation). Jesus Carrying the Cross as portrayed by El Greco 1580 …   Wikipedia

  • crown of thorns — noun 1. somewhat climbing bushy spurge of Madagascar having long woody spiny stems with few leaves and flowers with scarlet bracts • Syn: ↑Christ thorn, ↑Christ plant, ↑Euphorbia milii • Hypernyms: ↑spurge • Member Holonyms: ↑Euphorbia …   Useful english dictionary

  • Crown of Thorns — The Crown Gründung 1990 als Crown of Thorns 1998 als The Crown Auflösung 2004 Genre Thrash Metal, Death Metal Gründungsmitglieder Gesang Johan Lindstrand (bis 2001, ab 2002) Gitarre …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • crown of thorns — 1. a climbing spurge, Euphorbia milii splendens, of Madagascar, having stems covered with spines. 2. See crown of thorns starfish. 3. a painful burden, as of suffering, guilt, anxiety, etc.: from the wreath of thorns placed on Jesus head to mock… …   Universalium

  • crown of thorns — Date: 1964 a starfish (Acanthaster planci) of the Pacific region that is covered with long spines and feeds on coral polyps sometimes causing destruction of coral reefs called also crown of thorns starfish …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • crown-of-thorns — dygliuotoji karpažolė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Karpažolinių šeimos dekoratyvinis nuodingas augalas (Euphorbia milii), paplitęs Madagaskare. atitikmenys: lot. Euphorbia milii angl. Christ s plant; Christ s thorn; crown of thorns isp.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • Crown of thorns —    Our Lord was crowned with a, in mockery by the Romans (Matt. 27:29). The object of Pilate s guard in doing this was probably to insult, and not specially to inflict pain. There is nothing to show that the shrub thus used was, as has been… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

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