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bur / bər/ (also burr) • n. 1. a prickly seed case or flowerhead that clings to animals and clothes. ∎  [usu. as adj.] a plant that produces burs, e.g., bur reed. 2. [as adj.] denoting wood containing knots or other growths that show a pattern of dense swirls in the grain when sawn, used for veneers and other decorative woodwork: bur walnut. 3. variant spelling of burr (senses 2, 3, and 5).

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bur or burr, popular name for fruits that have barbed, pointed, or rough outgrowths. By clinging to the fur or hair of animals and the clothing of man they are transported from the parent plant, often great distances. Some common burs include those of the chestnut, burdock, bur marigold, and cocklebur. Burs are particularly obnoxious to sheep growers because of the difficulty of removing them from wool.

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bur (ber) n.
1. a cutting instrument that fits in a dental handpiece (see drill). Burs are mainly used for cutting cavities in teeth, removing old restorations, and preparing teeth to receive crowns.

2. (burr) a surgical drill for cutting through bone. b. hole a circular hole drilled through the skull to release pressure inside the skull or to facilitate biopsies and other procedures.

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bur, burr3 rough or prickly seed-vessel or flower-head XIV. perh. of Scand. orig.; cf. Da. burre bur, burdock, Sw. kardborre burdock, perh. rel. to BRISTLE.

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burr1 rough edge on cut metal, etc. XVII. prob. same word as BUR.
Hence as vb. XIX.

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