bur reed

noun

: any of a genus (Sparganium of the family Sparganiaceae) of herbaceous plants with globose fruits resembling burs

Examples of bur reed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another grain was found that appears to be from Sparganium, or bur reed. Andrew Moseman, Discover Magazine, 19 Oct. 2010

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bur reed was in 1597

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“Bur reed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bur%20reed. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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