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burdock

Syllabification: bur·dock
Pronunciation: /ˈbərdäk
 
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Definition of burdock in English:

noun

A large herbaceous Old World plant of the daisy family. The hook-bearing flowers become woody burrs after fertilization and cling to animals' coats for seed dispersal.
  • Genus Arctium, family Compositae: several species, including the large-leaved great burdock (A. lappa), which has edible roots and is used in herbal medicine
Example sentences
  • Some of the other weeds safe for eating include chicory, burdock, purslane, Queen Anne's Lace, and sorrel.
  • Oligosaccharides are present in vegetables such as Jerusalem artichokes, burdock, chicory, leeks, onions, and asparagus, and of course beans.
  • Herb sources of B complex vitamins are dandelion, fenugreek, parsley, alfalfa, watercress, cayenne, burdock and sage.

Origin

late 16th century: from bur + dock3.

Words that rhyme with burdock

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