bur·​dock | \ ˈbər-ˌdäk How to pronounce burdock (audio) \

Definition of burdock

: 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 On arrival, guests are offered licorice and burdock root Skin Tea from local company Masha Tea, before settling into the whimsical waiting area designed by Vincent Martinelli of Spatial Relations. Prue Lewington, Harper's BAZAAR, "Women Are Giving Up Botox for Facial Massage," 23 May 2019 One specialty is the steaming chicken-mushroom-and-burdock ramen served in big bowls atop an elongated wooden bar. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Osaka Is a Food-Obsessed City Unlike Anywhere Else in Japan," 16 Nov. 2019 Meanwhile, in a large bowl toss together the onion, sweet potato, burdock root, mushrooms, carrot, chrysanthemum greens and shrimp, if using, until well combined. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Iyasare’s Kakiage Tempura," 18 Oct. 2019 Enzo’s phrasing, thanks to Costner, is an easy-on-the-ears drawl; the texture of his voice is pleasingly rough, like a bit of fur that’s been slightly ruffled by the removal of a bothersome burdock. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Art of Racing in the Rain," 8 Aug. 2019 In a small bowl, combine burdock and enough cold water to cover. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Comfort Food That Brings the Whole Table Together," 9 May 2018 Formulated with yellow dock and burdock botanical extracts that support the body’s ability to release and flush out toxins, these twice-a-day pills may help decrease inflammation and in turn reduce spots and bacteria on the skin. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "6 Ways to Get Rid of Acne for Good This Summer," 8 July 2018 Six years later, the site seethes with life, barely visible trails cutting through rampant sedge and mallow, cow parsley and burdock. The Economist, "Brexit is reverberating in British literature," 5 July 2018 Push beef and onions to the side and add drained burdock. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Comfort Food That Brings the Whole Table Together," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of burdock

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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24 Jan 2020

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“Burdock.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burdock. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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bur·​dock | \ ˈbər-ˌdäk How to pronounce burdock (audio) \

Kids Definition of burdock

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


bur·​dock | \ ˈbər-ˌdäk How to pronounce burdock (audio) \

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 Shattuck, The New York Times, 20 July 2008

called also lappa

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