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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several weedy, chiefly biennial plants of the genus Arctium in the composite family, having pink or purplish flower heads surrounded by prickly bracts and forming a bur in fruit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the species of biennial thistles in the genus Arctium.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of coarse biennial herbs (Lappa), bearing small burs which adhere tenaciously to clothes, or to the fur or wool of animals.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The common name of the Arctium Lappa, a coarse, broad-leafed biennial weed, natural order Compositæ, having the numerous awns of the involucral bracts hooked at the tip.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of several erect biennial herbs of temperate Eurasia having stout taproots and producing burs

Etymologies

bur1 + dock4.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • This is Azalea Path.
    A field of burdock opens to the south.

    from "Electra on Azalea Path," Sylvia Plath

    April 8, 2008