from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several plants of the genus Arctium of the composite family, having edible roots and pink or purplish flower heads surrounded by prickly bracts that form burs.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

[bur + dock.]



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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