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burdock

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noun bur·dock \ˈbər-ˌdäk\

Definition of burdock

  1. :  any of a genus (Arctium) of coarse composite herbs bearing globular flower heads with prickly bracts



15th Century

First Known Use of burdock

15th century


BURDOCK Defined for Kids

burdock

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noun bur·dock \ˈbər-ˌdäk\

Definition of burdock for Students

  1. :  a tall weed related to the thistles that has prickly purplish heads of flowers




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burdock

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noun bur·dock \ˈbər-ˌdäk\

Medical Definition of burdock

  1. 1:  any of a genus (Arctium) of coarse composite herbs bearing globular flower heads with prickly bracts and including one (A. lappa) that has an edible root used as a vegetable and in herbal medicine

  2. 2 or burdock root :  the edible root of the burdock (Arctium lappa) <Herbalists use dried burdock as a diuretic and a blood-purifying agent.—Kathryn Shattuck, The New York Times, 20 July 2008>—called also lappa




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