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
This is particularly well reported for bats, with Hill & Smith (1984) discussing cases of bats dying after being entangled in burdock burs, after getting impaled on the spines of cacti, desert shrubs and rose thorns, and after getting strangled by Spanish moss fibres.
"The _Articum Lappa_, more commonly called the burdock," explained
Blood-cleansing herbs such as burdock root, dandelion root, red clover flower, and nettle leaf—in any combination—given to a nursing mother or to the newborn will help clear impurities from the bloodstream, thus helping clear cradle cap.
Large green leaves were wrappers, some of them, such as burdock, cooked as greens.
Forager Steve Brill leads walks in New York City, finding items such as burdock root, wild carrots and wild parsnips.
"There are a certain number of plants which we always looked upon as weeds, such as burdock and wild carrot, for example.
Add celery, carrot and burdock and sauté for 5 more minutes.
Add celery, carrot and burdock and sautÃ© for 5 more minutes.
Dandelion root, burdock, and astragalus are all quite rank, and have the additional benefit of being good for your liver.
The other plot, which he had acquired in dowry from his first wife's miserly father, was on a rocky hillside high on the far bank of the river, meager land fit only for burdock and stinging nettle and more of the stones with which the soil was so generously sewn.