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A.Word.A.Day--crown of thorns
crown of thorns (kroun ov thornz) noun
1. An onerous burden or an affliction that causes intense suffering.
2. A thorny bush (Euphorbia milii) native to Madagascar, grown as a houseplant. (picture)
3. A starfish (Acanthaster planci) found in the Pacific that feeds on live corals. (picture)
[After the biblical account of a mock crown made of thorny branches that Roman soldiers placed on Jesus's head before his crucifixion.]
"Manipur chief minister O.I. Singh wears a crown of thorns. With
battlelines clearly drawn on several fronts, it will take a major effort
to close ranks."
This week's theme: Biblical allusions.
You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)
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