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Russian thistle Syllabification: Rus·sian this·tle

Definition of Russian thistle in English:


North American
A prickly tumbleweed that is an inland form of saltwort. Native to Eurasia, it was accidentally introduced into North America, where it has become a pest. Also called Russian tumbleweed.
  • Salsola kali, family Chenopodiaceae
Example sentences
  • Tumbleweeds, the dense Russian thistles accidentally introduced to the west, are ubiquitous.
  • Spartan herbicide has provided excellent control of troublesome broadleaf weeds, such as kochia, Russian thistle, and pigweed species in no-till sunflower research plots for the past several years.
  • State laws typically identified plants by common name as noxious: Russian thistles and milkweed, for example.
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