bur reed
noun Date: 1597 any of a genus (Sparganium of the family Sparganiaceae) of herbaceous plants with globose fruits resembling burs

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  • 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — 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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