Definition of clotbur in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈklɒtbəː/


1A herbaceous plant of the daisy family with burred fruits, native to tropical America but now found all over the world.
  • Genus Xanthium, family Compositae: two or three species.
Example sentences
  • Beach clotbur has rough, sandpapery, triangular leaves and sharp burry fruits.
  • Spiny clotbur has upright growth habit, long shiny dark green leaves, cactuslike spines and seeds like cocklebur (which it is related to).
  • A green stripe of broad clotbur (Xanthium strumarium, or lachid hanehalim in Hebrew), a plant that grows in habitats in which there are seasonal water pools, attested that the leaks are a routine matter here.
1.1chiefly North American A burdock.


Mid 16th century: from dialect clote 'burdock' + burr.

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