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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Spear n.
 1. A long, pointed weapon, used in war and hunting, by thrusting or throwing; a weapon with a long shaft and a sharp head or blade; a lance.
 Note: [See Illust. of Spearhead.] “A sharp ground spear.”
    They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks.   --Micah iv. 3.
 2. Fig.: A spearman.
 3. A sharp-pointed instrument with barbs, used for stabbing fish and other animals.
 4. A shoot, as of grass; a spire.
 5. The feather of a horse. See Feather, n., 4.
 6. The rod to which the bucket, or plunger, of a pump is attached; a pump rod.
 Spear foot, the off hind foot of a horse.
 Spear grass. Bot. (a) The common reed. See Reed, n., 1. (b) meadow grass. See under Meadow.
 Spear hand, the hand in which a horseman holds a spear; the right hand. --Crabb.
 Spear side, the male line of a family. --Lowell.
 Spear thistle Bot., the common thistle (Cnicus lanceolatus).

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 This·tle n.  Bot. Any one of several prickly composite plants, especially those of the genera Cnicus, Craduus, and Onopordon. The name is often also applied to other prickly plants.
 Blessed thistle, Carduus benedictus, so named because it was formerly considered an antidote to the bite of venomous creatures.
 Bull thistle, Cnicus lanceolatus, the common large thistle of neglected pastures.
 Canada thistle, Cnicus arvensis, a native of Europe, but introduced into the United States from Canada.
 Cotton thistle, Onopordon Acanthium.
 Fuller's thistle, the teasel.
 Globe thistle, Melon thistle, etc. See under Globe, Melon, etc.
 Pine thistle, Atractylis gummifera, a native of the Mediterranean region. A vicid gum resin flows from the involucre.
 Scotch thistle, either the cotton thistle, or the musk thistle, or the spear thistle; -- all used national emblems of Scotland.
 Sow thistle, Sonchus oleraceus.
 Spear thistle. Same as Bull thistle.
 Star thistle, a species of Centaurea. See Centaurea.
 Torch thistle, a candelabra-shaped plant of the genus Cereus. See Cereus.
 Yellow thistle, Cincus horridulus.
 Thistle bird Zool., the American goldfinch, or yellow-bird (Spinus tristis); -- so called on account of its feeding on the seeds of thistles. See Illust. under Goldfinch.
 Thistle butterfly Zool., a handsomely colored American butterfly (Vanessa cardui) whose larva feeds upon thistles; -- called also painted lady.
 Thistle cock Zool., the corn bunting (Emberiza militaria). [Prov. Eng.]
 Thistle crown, a gold coin of England of the reign of James I., worth four shillings.
 Thistle finch Zool., the goldfinch; -- so called from its fondness for thistle seeds. [Prov. Eng.]
 Thistle funnel, a funnel having a bulging body and flaring mouth.