What is a bur?

What is a bur? Here are some definitions.

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  1. A rough, prickly husk around the seeds or fruit of some plants.
  2. Any of several plants having such husks.
  3. A rotary cutting implement having a selection of variously shaped heads.
  4. Alternative form of burr (small piece of material)
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Other weeds, including sand bur and thistle, can also scratch and irritate your skin.
Moorhen tail movements may operate in a sexual context as the study was performed before the breeding season, bur Alvarez et al.
Able to live 200 to 400 years and named for its bristly husks, or caps, bur oak goes by the names prairie oak, blue oak, scrub oak, or mossycup oak.

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