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  • Burma (international vehicle registration).

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Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kərf
a slit made by cutting with a saw

There are 2 definitions of BUR in English:


Syllabification: bur
Pronunciation: /bər
(also burr)


  • 1A prickly seed case or flower head that clings to animals and clothes.
    [ Middle English]
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    • 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.
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    • 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]
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    • 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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