burdock

[ bur-dok ]
/ ˈbɜr dɒk /
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noun

a composite plant of the genus Arctium, especially A. lappa, a coarse, broad-leaved weed bearing prickly heads of burs that stick to the clothing.

Nearby words

  1. burden,
  2. burden of proof,
  3. burdened,
  4. burdensome,
  5. burdizzo,
  6. burdon,
  7. bureau,
  8. bureau de change,
  9. bureau of customs,
  10. bureau of indian affairs

Origin of burdock

First recorded in 1590–1600; bur1 + dock4

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British Dictionary definitions for burdock

burdock

/ (ˈbɜːˌdɒk) /

noun

a coarse weedy Eurasian plant of the genus Arctium, having large heart-shaped leaves, tiny purple flowers surrounded by hooked bristles, and burlike fruits: family Asteraceae (composites)

Word Origin for burdock

C16: from bur + dock 4

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Word Origin and History for burdock

burdock

n.

coarse, weedy plant, 1590s, from bur + dock (n.3).

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