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 Ashore Ruel Perley Smith
Three Courses and a Dessert Anonymous
In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
The Queen Bee and Other Nature Stories Carl Ewald
The Queen Bee and Other Nature Stories Carl Ewald
Debit and Credit Gustav Freytag
Three Courses and a Dessert Anonymous

a coarse weedy Eurasian plant of the genus Arctium, having large heart-shaped leaves, tiny purple flowers surrounded by hooked bristles, and burlike fruits: family Asteraceae (composites)


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