- Genus Carlina, family Compositae: several species, in particular C. vulgaris
- In France and Germany names meaning ‘wild artichoke’ are given to various thistles with edible heads, including the smooth carline thistle, Carlina acaulis, and milk thistle, Silybum marianum.
- Time was, carline thistles were used as country barometers because the flowers expand in dry weather and contract when it is damp.
- A thistle that hugs the ground and provides delightful, lasting dried flowers for winter is the stemless Carline Thistle (Carlina acaulis).
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- Anticipating some rough sails, I laid down additional beams and wedges against a possible knock-down but the original design was stabile to at least 60 degrees, which put the lee side of the coach house under to its carline.
- To put on the deck you first want a set of deck carlines, spaced about eight inches.
- The first thing to go on these carlines is the planksheer, which continues aft to form the washboards.
Middle English (in the sense '(old) woman, witch'): from Old Norse karling; the reason for nautical use of the word remains obscure.
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