any of several Eurasian legumes of the genus Medicago, as M. hispida, having yellow flowers and prickly, coiled, black pods, naturalized in North America.
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a climbing vine, Sicyos angulatus, of the gourd family, of eastern and midwestern North America, having leaves with pointed lobes, small white or greenish flowers, and clusters of prickly fruits. the fruit of this plant.
that which is carried; load: a horse’s burden of rider and pack. that which is borne with difficulty; obligation; onus: the burden of leadership. Nautical. the weight of a ship’s cargo. the carrying capacity of a ship. Mining. overburden (def 3). Metallurgy. the minerals charged into a blast furnace or steelmaking furnace. Accounting. overhead (def […]
a composite plant of the genus Arctium, especially A. lappa, a coarse, broad-leaved weed bearing prickly heads of burs that stick to the clothing. Historical Examples Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1 Various Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 6. Josiah Allen’s Wife (Marietta Holley) The Invisible Man H. G. Wells The Rival Campers […]
(in England) a tenure whereby burgesses or townspeople held lands or tenements of the king or other lord, usually for a fixed money rent. (in Scotland) tenure directly from the crown of property in royal burghs in return for the service of watching and warding. Historical Examples An Account of the Proceedings on the Trial […]