Xanthium

noun
Xan·​thi·​um | \ ˈzan(t)thēəm \

Definition of Xanthium

: a genus of coarse and rough or spiny herbs (family Compositae) having small heads of greenish flowers of which the pistillate enclosed in an involucre becomes a burr covered with hooked bristles — see cocklebur

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History and Etymology for Xanthium

New Latin, from Greek xanthion, a plant used to dye the hair yellow, from xanthos yellow

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“Xanthium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Xanthium. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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