burdock

noun

bur·​dock ˈbər-ˌdäk How to pronounce burdock (audio)
: any of a genus (Arctium) of coarse composite herbs bearing globular flower heads with prickly bracts

Examples of burdock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This formula is enriched with biotin, bamboo, burdock, and hops and is designed to cleanse, nourish, and strengthen hair all while toning out natural gray and white strands. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 18 Jan. 2024 Some examples of alteratives include nettle, dandelion leaf and root, burdock root, violet, calendula, and red clover. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 19 Mar. 2024 Recipe: Burdock Root Bitters Makes 3 cups (720 ml) Digestive bitters are alcohol tinctures infused with herbs, such as burdock root, citrus peel, ginger, and fennel seeds. Lisa Wong MacAbasco, Vogue, 18 Dec. 2023 Ingredients like chamomile and burdock root extract add to its skin-calming formula. Dana Leigh Smith, Glamour, 13 Oct. 2023 Pokeweed and burdock quickly send deep taproots plunging down. Tovah Martin, Washington Post, 9 Aug. 2023 Milk thistle, dandelion root, and burdock root are known for their ability to support liver function and enhance toxin elimination. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 13 Aug. 2023 People with recent cases of acute diverticulitis who drank burdock tea three times a day were less likely to develop diverticulitis again than those who didn't.2 Ten percent of burdock tea drinkers had a second case of diverticulitis within five years, versus 31% of people who did not use burdock. Megan Nunn, Pharmd, Verywell Health, 21 July 2023 Pros Warm, pleasant scent Nourishes hair at the root This set from Scotch and Porter features ingredients including biotin liposomes, burdock root, and white willow to condition and moisturize your beard. Joseph Cheatham, Men's Health, 30 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of burdock was in the 15th century

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“Burdock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burdock. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

burdock

noun
bur·​dock ˈbər-ˌdäk How to pronounce burdock (audio)
: any of a genus of coarse herbs that are related to the daisies and have globe-shaped flower heads surrounded by prickly bracts

Medical Definition

burdock

noun
bur·​dock ˈbər-ˌdäk How to pronounce burdock (audio)
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 Shattuck, The New York Times

called also lappa

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