Definition of cocklebur in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkäkəlˌbər/


A herbaceous plant of the daisy family, with broad leaves and burred fruits. It originated in tropical America but is now cosmopolitan. See also clotbur.
  • Genus Xanthium, family Compositae: two or three species, in particular X. strumarium.
Example sentences
  • Both cocklebur and magnolia blossoms must either be harvested and dried for future use or they may be purchased from Chinese pharmacies.
  • It is a native insect which feeds on wild hosts including cocklebur, sunflowers, and common and giant ragweed, as well as soybeans.
  • I spent whole summers with a group of guys, chopping cockleburs and button weeds in the cornfields and talking the way teenage boys talk when they're off by themselves.


Mid 19th century: from cockle2 + burr.

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Syllabification: cock·le·bur

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