burdock

noun bur·dock \ ˈbər-ˌdäk \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of burdock

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

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First Known Use of burdock

15th century


BURDOCK Defined for Kids

burdock

noun bur·dock \ ˈbər-ˌdäk \

Definition of burdock for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

burdock

noun bur·dock \ ˈbər-ˌdäk \

medical Definition of burdock

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 or burdock root :the edible root of the burdock (Arctium lappa)
  • Herbalists use dried burdock as a diuretic and a blood-purifying agent.
  • —Kathryn ShattuckThe New York Times20 July 2008
called also lappa


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