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cocklebur (weed)

Definition:

any coarse weed of the genus Xanthium having spiny burrs

Class:

plant noun (plants and fungi)

Plural:

cockleburs

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

cockle-bur [American spelling] | cockle-burr [British/Canadian spelling] | cockleburr [British/Canadian spelling]

Etymology:

"cockle2" + "burr"
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

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Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Cocklebur | Cockleburs | Xanthium

a genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae, native to the Americas and eastern Asia. They are coarse, herbaceous annual plants growing to 20-47 in tall. The leaves are spirally arranged, with a deeply toothed margin. Some species, notably X. ... (41 of 1013 words, 4 images)

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Wiktionary:

cocklebur [botany] | cockleburs [plural] | clotbur [synonym] | cockleburr | cockleburrs [plural] | Xanthium [genus]

Any of the coarse composite weeds of the genus Xanthium, with a prickly fruit. (14 of 16 words, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/cocklebur

Britannica Encyclopedia:

cocklebur [plant] | Clotbur [synonym]

weedy annual plant of the genus Xanthium of the family Asteraceae, distributed throughout much of Europe and parts of North America. Some authorities ... (23 of 102 words, 2 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/123699​/cocklebur

Collins Dictionary:

cocklebur

any coarse weed of the genus "Xanthium", having spiny burs: family "Asteraceae" (composites) | the bur of any of these plants (20 of 258 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/cocklebur

Columbia Encyclopedia:

cocklebur | clotbur

any species of the genus "Xanthium", widely distributed, coarse annual plants of the family Asteraceae (aster family). They are often persistent ... (21 of 63 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0812739​.html

Oxford Dictionary:

cocklebur

a herbaceous plant of the daisy family with broad leaves and burred fruits, native to tropical America.; Genus Xanthium, family Compositae: two or ... (23 of 49 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/cocklebur

American Heritage Dictionary:

cocklebur | Xanthium [genus, sense-specific]

Any of several annual weeds of the genus "Xanthium" in the composite ... | A bur of this plant. (18 of 36 words, 2 definitions)

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Merriam-Webster:

cocklebur | Xanthium [genus]

any of a genus of prickly-fruited composite plants ; also, one of its stiff-spined fruits (15 of 33 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/cocklebur

Random House Dictionary:

cocklebur | Arctium lappa [species, sense-specific]

any composite plant of the genus "Xanthium", comprising coarse weeds with spiny burs. | the burdock. (15 of 24 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/cocklebur

New World Dictionary:

cocklebur [United States] | Xanthium [genus]

any of a genus of coarse plants of the composite family, bearing closed burs and growing commonly as a weed (20 of 23 words)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

weed | weeds [plural] | the weed | like weeds

[countable] a plant that grows easily and is usually found in places where ... | [countable, British, informal] someone who is thin and weak | ... (23 of 96 words, 5 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/weed

weed [intransitive/transitive, verb] | weeded [past tense] | weeding [present participle] | weeds [3rd-person singular present]

to remove weeds from the ground (6 of 37 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/weed 12

Cambridge Dictionary:

weed [entry 1]

any wild plant which grows in an unwanted place, especially in a garden or field where it prevents the cultivated plants from growing freely | ... (24 of 42 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/weed 1

weed [entry 2, British, informal, disapproving]

someone who is thin and physically weak or who is weak in character (13 of 32 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/weed 2

weed [entry 3] | weeding [noun, derived]

to remove wild plants from a place where they are not wanted (12 of 40 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/weed 3

Encarta Dictionary:

cocklebur | cockleburs [plural] | Xanthium [genus]

a coarse annual plant with prickly seed husks that attach easily to people's clothes or animals' fur. Genus Xanthium. (19 of 37 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861598269​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

cocklebur

First use: mid 19th century

Origin: "cockle2" + "burr"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/cocklebur

cockle [entry 2, paper]

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: French coquiller "blister (bread in cooking)", from coquille "shell" (see "cockle1")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/cockle--2

burr | bur

Origin: Middle English (in "burr (... of the noun)"): probably of Scandinavian origin and related to Danish burre "burr, burdock", Swedish ... (20 of 22 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/burr

Wiktionary:

cocklebur [botany] | cockleburs [plural]

Origin: cockle + bur

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/cocklebur

cockle | cockles [plural] | cockled [past tense] | cockling [present participle]

Origin: Old French coquille, from Vulgar Latin *cocchilia, form of Latin conchylia, from Ancient Greek κογχύλιον (konkhylion), diminutive of κογχύλη (konkhylès, "mussel").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/cockle

bur | burs [plural]

Origin: a Scandinavian language, such as Danish burre ("bur, burdock"). See also burr.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/bur

Encarta Dictionary:

cocklebur [entry 2] | cockles [plural]

First use: Pre-12th century

Origin: unknown

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861598269​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

cocklebur

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the Free Dictionary:

cocklebur

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cockleburr

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cockle-burr

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cockle-bur

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

cocklebur

Audio: North American pronunciation of "cocklebur"

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cocklebur

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YourDictionary Audio:

cocklebur

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "cocklebur"

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