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Noun: crown of thorns
  1. Any affliction that causes great suffering
    "he bears his afflictions like a crown of thorns";
    - cross
  2. Somewhat climbing bushy spurge of Madagascar having long woody spiny stems with few leaves and flowers with scarlet bracts
    - Christ thorn, Christ plant, Euphorbia milii
  3. A mock crown made of thorn branches that Roman soldiers placed on Jesus before the Crucifixion

Derived forms: crowns of thorns

Type of: affliction, crown, spurge

Part of: Euphorbia, genus Euphorbia

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