The word Thorn comes from the Latin term spina and it has different meanings and uses. One of them refers to the barb, point or stinger that arises in the vascular or woody tissue of a plant species.
For instance: Be careful, Molly! If you play next to those plants you can stick a thorn in you », “I tried to cross the forest by bicycle but my wheel got punctured by a thorn”, “When I grabbed the thistle, I stuck three thorns”.
In this sense, we can underline that, from the botanical area, we are made aware that this element has fundamentally appeared as a consequence of evolution and adaptation, mainly in all those plants that can be found in very arid areas where there is little vegetation, where there is hardly any water and where temperatures are very high.
In this way, we can establish that one of the perfect examples of plant species with thorns are cacti, which can be found more easily in desert-type areas. In this case, these stingers are used to save the water that these plants have.
The thorn can also be a splinter that originates from a wood or on another rough object. These splinters are sharp and can puncture to the touch.
Various species of fish, on the other hand, they have in their skeleton numerous thin and elongated bony elements that are known as spines: «I really like to go fishing, although it bores me to have to clean the fish and remove their bones to be able to eat them», «I ordered a hake fillet and they brought it to me full of bones».
In a similar sense, the thorn is called spine (spine): “The blows to the spine are very dangerous”, “The baby was born with a congenital malformation in the spine and will have to be operated on”.
To the meanings or meanings already exposed about the term in question, we could add one more that was used basically during the time of the Roman Empire. And it is that at that time this concept was used to refer to the wall that existed in the famous circuses, stages of various types of shows (theatrical performances, combats …), so that the horses and carts that ran around it they disputed the different competitions that they decided to organize there.
That construction that we are mentioning was characterized, aesthetically speaking, because it was not very high, because it was erected in the middle of what was the aforementioned circus and because it had extensive ornamentation. Thus, it was frequently endowed with statues, obelisks or other decorative and artistic elements with characteristics similar to those already mentioned.
Finally, the concept is used to refer to a inconvenience What causes a person, a intimate pain that lasts over time or distrust: “The girl has given me a bad feeling”, “My father left me with a thorn in the tooth”), “By winning his first professional tournament at age 31, the Panamanian tennis player managed to remove a thorn”.