Middle English Dictionary Entry

thurs(e n.
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(a) A devil or an evil spirit;—also coll. [quot. ?c1450]; also used as an epithet for an evil person [1st quot.]; hobbe ~; (b) a monster; also, a giant [2nd quot.]; (c) ~ nedle, a plant, prob. shepherd's needle (Scandix pecten-veneris) [cp. pouk-nedle n.]; (d) in surname and place names [see Smith PNElem.2.217, 223].