Definition of Silybum marianum
1. Noun. Tall Old World biennial thistle with large clasping white-blotched leaves and purple flower heads; naturalized in California and South America.
Group relationships: Genus Silybum, Silybum
Generic synonyms: Herb, Herbaceous Plant
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Silybum Marianum
Literary usage of Silybum marianum
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1. A Contribution to Our Knowledge of Seedlings by John Lubbock (1892)
"Silybum marianum (fig. 481) has very similar cotyledons. The leaves are variously blotched and reticulated with silvery white. The two first ones are oval ..."
2. Evans's Rural Economist (1862)
"Some have fixed on doubtful native species, such as Silybum marianum and Onopordum Acanthium. Neither of these are, however, reconcilable with history. ..."
3. Favourite Flowers of Garden and Greenhouse by Edward Step (1897)
"A genus consisting of one species, Silybum marianum, the Blessed, Holy, or Our Lady's Milk Thistle, a South European plant, long naturalised in this country ..."
4. The Popular Science Monthly (1880)
"The thistle (Silybum marianum of the Mediterranean region) has invaded both California and South Australia, and, wherever it gets a hold of the soil, ..."