Bur Bur, Burr Burr (b[^u]r), n. [OE. burre burdock; cf. Dan. borre, OSw. borra, burdock, thistle; perh. akin to E. bristle (burr- for burz-), or perh. to F. bourre hair, wool, stuff; also, according to Cotgrave, ``the downe, or hairie coat, wherewith divers herbes, fruits, and flowers, are covered,'' fr. L. burrae trifles, LL. reburrus rough.] 1. (Bot.) Any rough or prickly envelope of the seeds of plants, whether a pericarp, a persistent calyx, or an involucre, as of the chestnut and burdock; a seed vessel having hooks or prickles. Also, any weed which bears burs. [1913 Webster]

Amongst rude burs and thistles. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Bur and brake and brier. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

2. The thin ridge left by a tool in cutting or shaping metal. See {Burr}, n., 2. [1913 Webster]

3. A ring of iron on a lance or spear. See {Burr}, n., 4. [1913 Webster]

4. The lobe of the ear. See {Burr}, n., 5. [1913 Webster]

5. The sweetbread. [1913 Webster]

6. A clinker; a partially vitrified brick. [1913 Webster]

7. (Mech.) (a) A small circular saw. (b) A triangular chisel. (c) A drill with a serrated head larger than the shank; -- especially a small drill bit used by dentists. [1913 Webster]

8. [Cf. Gael. borr, borra, a knob, bunch.] (Zo["o]l.) The round knob of an antler next to a deer's head. [Commonly written {burr}.] [1913 Webster]

{Bur oak} (Bot.), a useful and ornamental species of oak ({Quercus macrocarpa}) with ovoid acorns inclosed in deep cups imbricated with pointed scales. It grows in the Middle and Western United States, and its wood is tough, close-grained, and durable.

{Bur reed} (Bot.), a plant of the genus {Sparganium}, having long ribbonlike leaves. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • bur — bur, burr Bur is recommended for ‘a clinging seed vessel or catkin’ and burr for ‘a rough edge’ and associated meanings …   Modern English usage

  • bur — Bur, ou Bureau, Un habillement de bureau, ou autre drap meslangé, de pris, dont les serfs et menu peuple souloient estre accoustrez, Synthesis. Aucuns estiment que Bur soit derivé de {{t=g}}purrhos.{{/t}} Pyrrhus, Que les anciens disoient Purrhus …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

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