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[chahr-luh k] /ˈtʃɑr lək/
a wild mustard, Brassica kaber, having lobed, ovate leaves and clusters of small, yellow flowers, often troublesome as a weed in grainfields.
Origin of charlock
before 1000; Middle English cherlok, Old English cerlic < ? Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The yellow blossom of the charlock is pretty, and the Poppy is the finest scarlet wild flower we have.

    Wildflowers of the Farm Arthur Owens Cooke
  • There is the wild radish, or charlock, which grows in our grain fields, and troubles the farmers very much.

    The Old Market-Cart Mrs. F. B. Smith
  • charlock, too, hid the rotting roots in the fields under a blaze of yellow flower.

    After London Richard Jefferies
  • Pretty as the yellow blossoms of the charlock are, it is one of the most troublesome weeds which the farmer has to fight.

    Wildflowers of the Farm Arthur Owens Cooke
  • In due time you will get a really fine crop of groundsel, charlock, and slugs, with enough bind-weed to strangle the sea-serpent.

    Cakes & Ale Edward Spencer
  • Then the charlock sprang up before the crop of corn or turnips was sown; thus it could be rooted out.

    Wildflowers of the Farm Arthur Owens Cooke
  • One species of charlock has been known to supplant another species; and so in other cases.

    On the Origin of Species Charles Darwin
  • There is more seed than blossom here to-day, for the flowering time for charlock is in June.

    Wildflowers of the Farm Arthur Owens Cooke
  • Billy with his charlock flowers reminds me of an incident on a farm in Hampshire where I was staying.

    The Land's End W. H. Hudson
  • And he went off into technicalities concerning the abundance of charlock on the arable land of Pym.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
British Dictionary definitions for charlock


Also called wild mustard. a weedy Eurasian plant, Sinapis arvensis (or Brassica kaber), with hairy stems and foliage and yellow flowers: family: Brassicaceae (crucifers)
white charlock Also called wild radish, runch (rʌntʃ). a related plant, Raphanus raphanistrum, with yellow, mauve, or white flowers and podlike fruits
Word Origin
Old English cerlic, of obscure origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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