a climbing spurge, Euphorbia milii splendens, of Madagascar, having stems covered with spines.
a painful burden, as of suffering, guilt, anxiety, etc.: from the wreath of thorns placed on Jesus’ head to mock Him before He was crucified. Matt. 27:29; Mark 15:17; John 19:2, 5.
a starfish, Acanthaster planci, that has a spiny test and feeds on living coral in coral reefs
Also called Christ’s thorn. a thorny euphorbiaceous Madagascan shrub, Euphorbia milii var. splendens, cultivated as a hedging shrub or pot plant, having flowers with scarlet bracts

A mock crown, made from thorn branches, that Roman soldiers put on the head of Jesus before the Crucifixion. The soldiers also “bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’”

Note: In common usage, a “crown of thorns” may be anything that causes intense suffering: “The jailed political leader bears her afflictions like a crown of thorns.” Similar to the expression “cross to bear.” (See Crucifixion.)

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 supposed, the spina Christi, which could have been easily woven into a wreath. It was probably the thorny nabk, which grew abundantly round about Jerusalem, and whose flexible, pliant, and round branches could easily be platted into the form of a crown. (See THORN ØT0003642, 3.)


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