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cock·le·bur

 (kŏk′əl-bûr′)
n.
1. Any of several annual weeds of the genus Xanthium in the composite family, having small seedlike fruits enclosed within a prickly bur that clings readily to clothing or animal fur.
2. A bur of this plant.

cocklebur

(ˈkɒkəlˌbɜː)
n
1. (Plants) any coarse weed of the genus Xanthium, having spiny burs: family Asteraceae (composites)
2. (Plants) the bur of any of these plants

cock•le•bur

(ˈkɒk əlˌbɜr)

n.
any composite plant of the genus Xanthium, comprising coarse weeds with spiny burs.
[1795–1805]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cocklebur - any coarse weed of the genus Xanthium having spiny burrscocklebur - any coarse weed of the genus Xanthium having spiny burrs
genus Xanthium, Xanthium - coarse herbs having small heads of greenish flowers followed by burrs with hooked bristles
weed - any plant that crowds out cultivated plants
2.cocklebur - burdock having heart-shaped leaves found in open woodland, hedgerows and rough grassland of Europe (except extreme N) and Asia Minorcocklebur - burdock having heart-shaped leaves found in open woodland, hedgerows and rough grassland of Europe (except extreme N) and Asia Minor; sometimes cultivated for medicinal and culinary use
burdock, clotbur - any of several erect biennial herbs of temperate Eurasia having stout taproots and producing burs
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He kept on to the house, stepping through the high grass, ignoring the cockleburs that collected under his pant leg and on his socks, and stopped a few yards short of his front porch.
I thought about a railroad track that ran straight through town, right in the middle of where I sent my workers to weedeat cockleburs.
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I was drug out to pull weeds in my grandmother's garden and flowerbeds and cockleburs out of her field's fields.
George de Mestral was walking one day and had cockleburs stuck to his clothing.
George de Mestral was taking a walk when some cockleburs stuck to his jacket.
The property near Baraboo, Wisconsin, was worn-out land, 80 sandy acres unsuited to farming, full of failed corn fields and cockleburs.