• WordNet 3.6
    • n burdock any of several erect biennial herbs of temperate Eurasia having stout taproots and producing burs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Burdock (Bot) A genus of coarse biennial herbs (Lappa), bearing small burs which adhere tenaciously to clothes, or to the fur or wool of animals.☞ The common burdock is the Lappa officinalis.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n burdock The common name of the Arctium Lappa, a coarse, broad-leafed biennial weed, natural order Compositæ, having the numerous awns of the involucral bracts hooked at the tip. It is a native of the old world, but widely naturalized in America, and cultivated as a vegetable in Japan. It is in popular repute as a diaphoretic and diuretic, and as a remedy for rheumatism, catarrh, cutaneous diseases, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Burdock a dock with a bur or prickly head
    • Burdock . See Bur (1).
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Bur, + dock, the plant


In literature:

Vigil shied, just then, and Allyn landed in a ball, in a bed of burdocks.
"Teddy: Her Book" by Anna Chapin Ray
We made an excited little group around the burdock, as The Seraph, flushed with pride, deposited her beside the lonely Charles.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
Downy and Snowball soon followed; for the two sweet little things would swing on the burdock-leaves that grew over the brook.
"Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag" by Louisa M. Alcott
The largest green leaf in this country is certainly the burdock-leaf.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
A bushy burdock growing under the window close to the wall was also trampled.
"Masterpieces of Mystery In Four Volumes" by Various
I'll go and take some of them burdock bitters.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
Didn't we wade through the burdocks and sweet ferns then!
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
Vetch, burdock, and yarrow were in luxuriant riot with the planting and seeding of the spring.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
We are provided with a house from our birth, and the burdock forest is planted for our sakes!
"A Christmas Greeting" by Hans Christian Andersen
How the bell-flower and the poppy and the poor burdock will manage I do not know, upon my word.
"The Old Willow Tree and Other Stories" by Carl Ewald
The cows will eat the leaves of the burdock and the stinging nettles of the woods.
"A Year in the Fields" by John Burroughs
In his sleep, the second night, he wandered in a field of burdocks, plucking the largest stalks for Burdock Blood Bitters.
"A Canadian Bankclerk" by J. P. Buschlen
These snails lived on burdock leaves, and that was why burdock was planted.
"Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
Then he plucked six big burdock leaves and arranged them on a boulder.
"Dorothy on a House Boat" by Evelyn Raymond
Before burdock and thistle, mullein and Spanish-needle would return to smother the clover?
"The Valiants of Virginia" by Hallie Erminie Rives
Leaves of burdock are in the arms (14th century) of Sir John de Lisle and mulberry leaves in those of Sir Hugh de Morieus.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 3" by Various
The Burdock is a low-growing bushy plant with strong stems.
"Flowers Shown to the Children" by C. E. Smith
In what once had been the dooryard there were a few straggling clumps of bushes, and thistles and burdocks grew in rank profusion.
"The Rival Campers" by Ruel Perley Smith
What is to happen to the harebell and the poppy and the poor burdock I really don't know.
"The Queen Bee and Other Nature Stories" by Carl Ewald
At length, under a wide burdock leaf, they found one.
"The King of Gee-Whiz" by Emerson Hough

In poetry:

If only you knew what trash gives rise
To verse, without a tinge of shame,
Like bright dandelions by a fence,
Like burdock and like cocklebur.
"I Have No Use For Odic Legions" by Anna Akhmatova
And he blinked at the moon from his grinning cell,
And the darnels and burdocks around
Bowed down in the night, and I murmured "Well!"
For I deemed his judgment sound.
"The Heremite Toad" by Madison Julius Cawein
In the nook, the larger burdock grows near the green willow;
In the flood, round the moor-cock dashes under the billow;
To the old mill farewell, to the lock, pens, and waters,
To the miller himsel', and his three bonny daughters.
"Farewell" by John Clare
All was hushed… all things were faint under the malignant glare of
the last sun rays. No sound, no sight of a bird; even the sparrows hid
themselves. Only somewhere close by, persistently a great burdock leaf
flapped and whispered.
"The Doves" by Ivan Turgenev

In news:

"I did not find any burdocks.".
Park (Arami) The Ingredient: Burdock root.
Hair on burdock branch a match.
Food Chain / Food & Drink This week in Food & Drink: Key Ingredient burdock root, Bistro Voltaire, and seven more French bistros.
They all owe a debt of gratitude to burdock ( Arctium ), whose hook-tipped burrs inspired the invention of Velcro.
For three successive summers, on the top-floor landing of a house in the Berkshires, I have been photographing burdock leaves.
Food Chain / Food & Drink This week in Food & Drink: Key Ingredient burdock root, Bistro Voltaire , and seven more French bistros.
He wasn't particularly happy with the quality of the burdock root he bought, however.