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There are 2 main definitions of BUR in English:

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bur 2 Syllabification: bur
(also burr)


1A prickly seed case or flower head that clings to animals and clothes.
[ Middle English]
Example sentences
  • He worked to make a synthetic material that duplicated the burs clinging to his wool socks.
  • Cotton gin by-products consist primarily of burs, lint, stems, leaves, and immature seed.
  • Because the giant bur cannot attach to the slender limbs of deer, pronghorn, and peccaries, the plant's range probably diminished after the extinction of the large Pleistocene mammals.
1.1 [usually as modifier] A plant that produces burs, e.g., bur reed.
Example sentences
  • The most common shrubs are creosote bush, ocotillo, and bur sage.
  • Connecticut has seven species of bur-reed, all rather similar in appearance and distinguished by technical characteristics.
  • Burros have eliminated bur sage from thousands of hectares of range near Lake Mead by repeated heavy browsing.
2 [as modifier] Denoting wood containing knots or other growths that show a pattern of dense swirls in the grain when sawn, used for veneers and other decorative woodwork: bur walnut
[ Late 19th century]
More example sentences
  • The top has a brass gallery above a striking bur walnut rectangular moulded top with satinwood banding.
  • The use of woods is exquisite with walnut, ash, bur walnut and bur sycamore.
  • The hands are mounted on a bur walnut finish and sits on a gold plated bronze base.


Possibly of Scandinavian origin, identical or related to Danish burre 'bur', 'burdock'. See also burr.

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