Bur reed
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]


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  • bur reed — n. any of a genus (Sparganium) of the bur reed family, having grasslike leaves and hard, dry, prickly fruits …   English World dictionary

  • bur-reed — [bʉrrēd΄] adj. designating a family (Sparganiaceae, order Typhales) of monocotyledonous marsh or water plants * * * …   Universalium

  • bur reed — bur′ reed n. pln any of various plants of the genus Sparganium having ribbony leaves and bearing burlike fruit • Etymology: 1590–1600 …   From formal English to slang

  • bur-reed — [bʉrrēd΄] adj. designating a family (Sparganiaceae, order Typhales) of monocotyledonous marsh or water plants …   English World dictionary

  • bur-reed — burˈ reed noun A reedlike genus (Sparganium) of water plants with globular flower heads • • • Main Entry: ↑burr …   Useful english dictionary

  • bur reed — noun marsh plant having elongated linear leaves and round prickly fruit • Hypernyms: ↑herb, ↑herbaceous plant • Member Holonyms: ↑Sparganium, ↑genus Sparganium * * * noun : any plant of the genus Sparganium having e …   Useful english dictionary

  • bur-reed — noun an aquatic reed like plant with rounded flower heads and oily seeds. [Genus Sparganium.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • bur reed — noun Date: 1597 any of a genus (Sparganium of the family Sparganiaceae) of herbaceous plants with globose fruits resembling burs …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bur reed — any plant of the genus Sparganium, having ribbony leaves and bearing burlike fruit. [1590 1600] * * * …   Universalium

  • bur-reed family — noun coextensive with the genus Sparganium • Syn: ↑Sparganiaceae, ↑family Sparganiaceae • Hypernyms: ↑monocot family, ↑liliopsid family • Member Holonyms: ↑Pandanales, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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