from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A low spreading weed, Centaurea Calcitrapa, with small heads of purple flowers, the involucral bracts ending in stiff spines, the leaves also spiny: in one form called
- noun A native star-thistle (known also as
Texas thistle) is Centaurea Americana, giving trouble from Texas to Kansas as an annual or perennial weed of cultivated ground; elsewhere planted for its rose or flesh-colored (sometimes white) flowers, and known under the name of basket-flower. A book-name is American centaury.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun Mediterranean annual or biennial herb having pinkish to purple flowers surrounded by spine-tipped scales; naturalized in America
Sorry, no etymologies found.
This was probably the star-thistle, called by botanists Centaurea calcitropa, or
Easton's Bible Dictionary M.G. Easton 1897
Those which now made the best show of bloom were the star-thistle centaurea and _ononis repens_.
Wanderings by southern waters, eastern Aquitaine Edward Harrison Barker 1885
Another yellow thistle-head, C. solstitialis, tellow star-thistle, recently starred as Pitkin County Land Management's weed villain of the week.