[ 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for charlock

/ (ˈtʃɑːlɒk) /


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 for charlock

Old English cerlic, of obscure origin
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