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Definition of "bur" [bur]

  • A rough prickly husk or covering surrounding the seeds or fruits of plants such as the chestnut or the burdock. (noun)
  • A plant producing such husks or coverings. (noun)
  • A persistently clinging or nettlesome person or thing. (noun)
  • A rough protuberance, especially a burl on a tree. (noun)
  • Any of various rotary cutting tools designed to be attached to a drill. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bur" in a sentence
  • "= For the mechanical removing of burs a machine called the bur picker is employed."
  • "Western species, such as bur oak and Durand oak, were native to Ecoregion 35g but were typically absent from the Mississippi Alluvial Plain (73)."
  • "How can anyone blame Pres Obama for any of the mess this country is in not only domestically bur foreign, because he has only been in office for 7 months????"