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Tribulus terrestris


a tropical, annual, procumbent, poisonous subshrub having fruit that splits into 5 spiny nutlets; serious pasture weed


plant noun (plants and fungi)




Tribulus terrestris*
(* Tribulus terrestris may be used in a singular or plural context)

Original source:

Princeton WordNet


caltrop | devil's weed | goathead | puncture vine | puncturevine | yellow vine | T. terrestris [abbreviation, species]

Definition references  (+images)


Tribulus terrestris [species] | bindii | bullhead | burra gokharu | caltrop | cat's head | devil's eyelashes | devil's thorn | devil's weed | ...

a flowering plant in the family Zygophyllaceae, native to warm temperate and tropical regions of the Old World in southern Europe, southern Asia, throughout Africa, and Australia. It can thrive even in desert climates and poor soil. Like many weedy ... (40 of 2142 words, 4 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Tribulus terrestris


caltrop | caltrops [plural] | caltrap [synonym, sense-specific] | galtrop [synonym, sense-specific] | cheval trap [synonym, sense-specific] | galthrap [synonym, sense-specific] | galtrap [synonym, sense-specific] | calthrop [synonym, sense-specific] | crow's foot [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[weaponry] A small, metal object with spikes arranged so that, when thrown onto the ground, one always faces up as a threat to passers-by. | [informal] The starthistle a plant with sharp thorns. | A flowering plant in the family Zygophyllaceae, native... (40 of 103 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations, 1 image)


Collins Dictionary:

puncture vine | Tribulus terrestris [species]

a tropical or subtropical prostrate vinewith yellow flowers and a hard, spiny fruit which breaks into five sections at maturity (20 of 189 words)



puncture vine | caltrop | Tribulus terrestris [species]

an Old World annual prostrate herb of the caltrop family that has hard spiny pods and is a troublesome weed especially in the western United States (26 of 45 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/puncture vine

American Heritage Dictionary:

puncture weed | puncture vine | Tribulus terrestris [species]

A prostrate weed "(Tribulus terrestris") native to the Old World, having opposite, pinnately compound leaves and woody fruit with stout divergent ... (21 of 39 words)


New World Dictionary:

caltrop | caltrap [sense-specific]

an iron device with four spikes, placed on the ground so that one spike sticks up to hinder enemy cavalry | a similar device used to puncture ... (26 of 116 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)


Oxford Dictionary:

caltrop | water caltrop | water chestnut [3, sense-specific]

a spiked metal device thrown on the ground to impede wheeled vehicles or (formerly) cavalry horses | a creeping plant with woody carpels that ... (23 of 108 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)


Random House Dictionary:

caltrop | calthrop [sense-specific] | caltrap [sense-specific] | Centaurea calcitrapa [species, sense-specific]

any of several plants having spiny heads or fruit, as those of the genera "Tribulus" and "Kallstroemia", or the star thistle. | an iron ball with four ... (26 of 67 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)


Encarta Dictionary:

caltrop | caltrops [plural]

a spiny plant harmful to livestock. Native to: Europe, naturalized in California. Latin name Tribulus terrestris. | Same as star thistle | Same as ... (22 of 90 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861594244​/definition​.html  [offline]

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