cock·​le·​bur | \ ˈkä-kəl-ˌbər How to pronounce cocklebur (audio) , ˈkə- How to pronounce cocklebur (audio) \

Definition of cocklebur

: any of a genus (Xanthium) of prickly-fruited composite plants also : one of its stiff-spined fruits

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Recent Examples on the Web The lake’s receding water left behind a crazy plain of sprawling cocklebur fields pocked with silty potholes. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "A D.I.Y. Duck Hunt on Public Land in New Mexico," 10 Mar. 2020 There amid coons and cocklebur, Charlie maybe harbored regrets. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "A wedding, a runaway dog: Our beloved Charlie’s improbable journey home," 17 Oct. 2017 Michael Franklin was a cocklebur for the Steers, accounting for 402 Wyatt yards and five touchdowns. John Henry, star-telegram, "Wyatt football overwhelms North Side, but the Chaps have room for improvement," 28 Sep. 2017 In addition to switchgrass and American beach grass, look for cocklebur, sea rocket and cottonwood here., "Top 10 beaches for nature lovers on Ohio's Lake Erie coast (plus one in Pennsylvania)," 11 June 2017

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First Known Use of cocklebur

1804, in the meaning defined above

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“Cocklebur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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cock·​le·​bur | \ ˈkä-kəl-ˌbər How to pronounce cocklebur (audio) , ˈkə- \

Kids Definition of cocklebur

: a plant with prickly fruit that is related to the thistles

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