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cocklebur

[kok-uh l-bur]
noun
  1. any composite plant of the genus Xanthium, comprising coarse weeds with spiny burs.
  2. the burdock, Arctium lappa.
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Origin of cocklebur

First recorded in 1795–1805; cockle2 + bur1
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British Dictionary definitions for cocklebur

cocklebur

noun
  1. any coarse weed of the genus Xanthium, having spiny burs: family Asteraceae (composites)
  2. the bur of any of these plants
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