cock·​le·​bur ˈkä-kəl-ˌbər How to pronounce cocklebur (audio) ˈkə- How to pronounce cocklebur (audio)
: any of a genus (Xanthium) of prickly-fruited composite plants
also : one of its stiff-spined fruits

Examples of cocklebur in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the fact is, a pair of beagles or even a single hound can be deadly on a rabbit hunt, and the instinct is entwined in their DNA like a cocklebur. Kyle Wintersteen, Field & Stream, 30 Jan. 2023 The lake’s receding water left behind a crazy plain of sprawling cocklebur fields pocked with silty potholes. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, 10 Mar. 2020 There amid coons and cocklebur, Charlie maybe harbored regrets. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, 17 Oct. 2017 Michael Franklin was a cocklebur for the Steers, accounting for 402 Wyatt yards and five touchdowns. John Henry, star-telegram, 28 Sep. 2017 In addition to switchgrass and American beach grass, look for cocklebur, sea rocket and cottonwood here., 11 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1804, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cocklebur was in 1804

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“Cocklebur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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cock·​le·​bur ˈkäk-əl-ˌbər How to pronounce cocklebur (audio) ˈkək- How to pronounce cocklebur (audio)
: any of a genus of plants that have prickly fruits and are related to the thistles
also : one of its fruits

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