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 for Buckler thorn
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Buckler \Buc"kler\, n. [OE. bocler, OF. bocler, F. bouclier, a
     shield with a boss, from OF. bocle, boucle, boss. See
     Buckle, n.]
     1. A kind of shield, of various shapes and sizes, worn on one
        of the arms (usually the left) for protecting the front of
        the body.
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     Note: In the sword and buckler play of the Middle Ages in
           England, the buckler was a small shield, used, not to
           cover the body, but to stop or parry blows.
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     2. (Zool.)
        (a) One of the large, bony, external plates found on many
            ganoid fishes.
        (b) The anterior segment of the shell of trilobites.
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     3. (Naut.) A block of wood or plate of iron made to fit a
        hawse hole, or the circular opening in a half-port, to
        prevent water from entering when the vessel pitches.
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     Blind buckler (Naut.), a solid buckler.
     Buckler+mustard+(Bot.),+a+genus+of+plants+({Biscutella">Buckler mustard (Bot.), a genus of plants ({Biscutella)
        with small bright yellow flowers. The seed vessel on
        bursting resembles two bucklers or shields.
     Buckler thorn, a plant with seed vessels shaped like a
        buckler. See Christ's thorn.
     Riding buckler (Naut.), a buckler with a hole for the
        passage of a cable.
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