burdock

/berr"dok/, n.
a composite plant of the genus Arctium, esp. A. lappa, a coarse, broad-leaved weed bearing prickly heads of burs that stick to the clothing.
[1590-1600; BUR1 + DOCK4]

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Any plant of the genus Arctium, in the composite family, bearing globular flower heads with prickly bracts.

Native to Europe and Asia, burdock species have been naturalized throughout North America. Regarded as weeds in the U.S., they are cultivated for their edible root in Asia. Their fruits are round burrs that stick to clothing and fur.

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plant
      Any plant of the genus Arctium, in the Asteraceae family (Asteraceae), bearing globular flower heads with prickly bracts (bract). Native to Europe and Asia, burdock species have been naturalized throughout North America. Regarded as weeds in the U.S., they are cultivated for their edible root in Asia. Their fruits are round burrs that stick to clothing and fur.

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • burdock — coarse, weedy plant, 1590s, from BUR (Cf. bur) + DOCK (Cf. dock) (n.3) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • burdock — noun Date: 15th century any of a genus (Arctium) of coarse composite herbs bearing globular flower heads with prickly bracts …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • burdock — noun Any of the species of biennial thistles in the genus Arctium …   Wiktionary

  • burdock — bur·dock bər .däk n any of a genus (Arctium) of coarse composite herbs bearing globular flower heads with prickly bracts and including one (A. lappa) that is the source of lappa …   Medical dictionary

  • burdock — bur·dock || bɜːdÉ’k n. plant with a prickly clinging seedpod …   English contemporary dictionary

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