bitter dock


noun

See under dock4(def 1).

Nearby words

  1. bitter almond,
  2. bitter almond oil,
  3. bitter apple,
  4. bitter cassava,
  5. bitter cress,
  6. bitter end,
  7. bitter herb,
  8. bitter lake,
  9. bitter lakes,
  10. bitter melon

dock

4
[ dok ]
/ dɒk /

noun

any of various weedy plants belonging to the genus Rumex, of the buckwheat family, as R. obtusifolius (bitter dock) or R. acetosa (sour dock), having long taproots.
any of various other plants, mostly coarse weeds.

Origin of dock

4
before 1000; Middle English dokke, Old English docce; cognate with Middle Dutch docke, Middle High German tocke

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British Dictionary definitions for bitter dock

dock

1
/ (dɒk) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for dock

C14: from Middle Dutch docke; perhaps related to Latin ducere to lead

dock

2
/ (dɒk) /

noun

the bony part of the tail of an animal, esp a dog or sheep
the part of an animal's tail left after the major part of it has been cut off

verb (tr)

to remove (the tail or part of the tail) of (an animal) by cutting through the boneto dock a tail; to dock a horse
to deduct (an amount) from (a person's wages, pension, etc)they docked a third of his wages

Word Origin for dock

C14: dok, of uncertain origin

dock

3
/ (dɒk) /

noun

an enclosed space in a court of law where the accused sits or stands during his trial

Word Origin for dock

C16: from Flemish dok sty

dock

4
/ (dɒk) /

noun

any of various temperate weedy plants of the polygonaceous genus Rumex, having greenish or reddish flowers and typically broad leaves
any of several similar or related plants

Word Origin for dock

Old English docce; related to Middle Dutch, Old Danish docke, Gaelic dogha

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Word Origin and History for bitter dock
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Idioms and Phrases with bitter dock

dock

see in the dock.

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