thorn [-s] n

OE ├żorn, thorn.

  1. Spine; point sharp outgrowth; small goad on a plant stem; puncturing feature found on the branches of some plants.
  2. Burr; nettle; thistle; [fig.] source of suffering; cause of shame.
  3. Spur; prickle; Spear; lance; [fig.] the weapon used to pierce the side of Jesus Christ; [metaphor] hurt; injury; agony; anguish.
  4. Bramble; spine; [metonymy] crown; circlet of plaited thorns; spiked wreath similar to the one that enemies placed on the head of Jesus to mock him (see Matthew 27:29); [metaphor] wound; bruise; [fig.] affliction; trial; trouble.