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Thorn"y (?), a. [Compar. Thornier (?); superl. Thorniest.] [Cf. AS. þorniht.]


Full of thorns or spines; rough with thorns; spiny; as, a thorny wood; a thorny tree; a thorny crown.


Like a thorn or thorns; hence, figuratively, troublesome; vexatious; harassing; perplexing.

"The thorny point of bare distress."


The steep and thorny way to heaven. Shak.

Thorny rest-harrow Bot., rest-harrow. -- Thorny trefoil, a prickly plant of the genus Fagonia (F. Cretica, etc.).


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