Heb. hoah ( 2 Kings 14:9 ; Job 31:40 ). In Job 41:2 the Hebrew word is rendered "thorn," but in the Revised Version "hook." It is also rendered "thorn" in 2 Chronicles 33:11 ; Proverbs 26:9 ; Cant 2:2 ; "brambles" in Isaiah 34:13 . It is supposed to be a variety of the wild plum-tree, but by some it is regarded as the common thistle, of which there are many varieties in Palestine.
Heb. dardar, meaning "a plant growing luxuriantly" ( Genesis 3:18 ; Hosea 10:8 ); Gr. tribolos, "a triple point" ( Matthew 7:16 ; Hebrews 6:8 , "brier," RSV "thistle"). This was probably the star-thistle, called by botanists Centaurea calcitropa, or "caltrops," a weed common in corn-fields. (See THORNS .)
These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.
[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible [S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Thistle". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .