He was a mass of cockle-burs.
"Crooked Trails" by Frederic Remington
Some find their sheets strewed with chaff or cockle-burs, some find no sheets at all.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science" by Various
They render the farmer great service, by eating the cockle-burs which grow on the rich alluvial soil of Carolina.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
I got more opinions in my head than Ben Davis' sheep used to have cockle burs in their wool.
"The Desert Fiddler" by William H. Hamby
And had the Swede boy known it, he was less to her than a cockle-bur in her blind black pony's tail.
"The Biography of a Prairie Girl" by Eleanor Gates
Each hair has tiny prongs or tentacles, something like those on the cockle bur, which catch the dust; hence the especial need of brushing.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke