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burdock (bûr´däk), common name of any plant of the genus Arctium of the family Asteraceae (aster family), coarse biennials indigenous to temperate Eurasia and mostly weedy in North America. The flowers, usually purple, are followed by roundish many-seeded burs. The great burdock (A. lappa) has been used medicinally and (in Japan) cultivated as a vegetable called gobo. The young leaves are eaten as a salad in Scandinavia and Japan. The common burdock is A. minus. The cocklebur is sometimes confused with burdock. Burdock is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Asterales, family Asteraceae.

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burdock Oil-yielding weed found throughout Europe, North Africa and North America. It has large basal leaves and thistle-like purple flower heads covered by stiff, hooked bracts. Common burdock, Arctium pubens, is biennial and grows to 0.9m (3ft). Family Asteraceae/Compositae.

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bur·dock / ˈbərdäk/ • n. a large herbaceous plant (genus Arctium) of the daisy family. The hook-bearing flowers become woody burrs after fertilization and cling to animals' coats for seed dispersal.

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burdock Wild thistle‐like plant (Arctium lappa); leaves used in salads, and to flavour a traditional carbonated beverage (dandelion and burdock); called gobo in Japan.

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burdock XVI. f. BUR + DOCK1.

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