sandbur

[sand-bur]
noun
1.
any of various grasses of the genus Cenchrus, having spikelets enclosed in prickly burs.
2.
any of several bur-bearing weeds growing in sandy places, as Franseria acanthicarpa or Solanum rostratum, of the western U.S.
Also, sandburr.


Origin:
1820–30, Americanism; sand + bur1

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sandbur

noun
grass of the eastern United States and tropical America having spikelets enclosed in prickly burs 
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Many of these acres are grown on sandy soils which are a perfect habitat for sandbur species.
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