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[bur-dok] /ˈbɜr dɒk/
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
1590-1600; bur1 + dock4 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for burdock
  • The tincture you have in your hands also has burdock in it.
  • For some people the sting of a nettle plant can be eased by rubbing the affected area with a leaf from a burdock plant.
  • burdock is any of a group of biennial thistles in the genus arctium, family asteraceae.
  • Dandelion and burdock is a soft drink that has long been popular in the united kingdom.
  • burdock is believed to be a galactagogue, a substance that increases lactation.
  • Do not gather burdock in the wild unless you know what you are doing.
British Dictionary definitions for burdock


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
C16: from bur + dock4
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Word Origin and History for burdock

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

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