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a rough, prickly case around the seeds of certain plants, as the chestnut or burdock.
any bur-bearing plant.
something that adheres like a bur.
Machinery. burr1 (defs. 1, 3).
Dentistry. a rotary cutting tool usually of steel or other hard metal shaped into a shank and a head, for removing carious material from teeth and preparing cavities for filling.
Surgery. a cutting tool resembling that of a dentist, used for the excavation of bone.
verb (used with object), burred, bur·ring.
to extract or remove burs from.
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Origin of bur1
1300–50; Middle English burre, apparently cognate with Danish burre,Norwegian, Swedish borre bur
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How to use bur in a sentence
A person earning 10 dollars a week can see a 100% increase by getting a raise to 20 bucks a week—bur remains impoverished.The Truth About Older People Having More Sex|Kent Sepkowitz|January 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Canary bur-rd seed will be very cheap this year, an' anny American wurrukin' man needn't go to bed hungry.
Riprisintatives iv th' Chicago packers insisted that in time canary bur-rds cud be taught to eat pork chops.
Here, with the help of their nearest neighbors, they built in a day a cabin of rough, bur-oak logs.Heroes of To-Day|Mary R. Parkman
It is distinguished from others of the same species by the name of Cubbeer Bur, which was given it in honour of a famous saint.The Book of Curiosities|I. Platts
Arbor, r′bur, n. the main support of a machine: an axis or spindle on which a wheel revolves.
British Dictionary definitions for bur (1 of 3)
/ (bɜː) /
verb burs, burring or burred
(tr) to remove burs from
Also (for senses 1–4): burr
Word Origin for bur
C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish burre bur, Swedish kardborre burdock
British Dictionary definitions for bur (2 of 3)
Myanmar (international car registration)
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Scientific definitions for bur
A type of pseudocarp in which the outer surface possesses hooks or barbs. Burs become caught in the feathers or hair of animals, which then carry them away to disperse the seeds.
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