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.

Origin of burdock

First recorded in 1590–1600; bur1 + dock4
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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

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

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