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(1) Agrimony, see there; Agrimonia eupatoria.
(2) Burdock, see there; Arctium lappa.


Herbal agent made from Arctium lappa or A. minus; produced in several forms (e.g., cream, tonic, liquid); used against a huge range of disorders (e.g., arthritis, pain syndromes, rash); has been involved in poisoning; safety and efficacy not established.
Synonym(s): beggar's buttons, cocklebur (2) , wild gobo.


A perennial herb (Agrimonia eupatoria, A. herba) used in desiccated form in tablets and infusions, as well as topically (wound healing, astringent).
Synonym(s): cocklebur (1) , sticklewort.
[L. agrimonia, fr. G. argemōnē]
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The property near Baraboo, Wisconsin, was worn-out land, 80 sandy acres unsuited to farming, full of failed corn fields and cockleburs.
Think of cockleburs that latch onto a rabbit's fur or a hiker's socks.
SWISS engineer George de Mestral came up with the idea for velcro on a hunting trip in the Jura Mountains in 1948 when he noticed that his dog's fur and his trousers were getting covered in cockleburs - loose seeds enclosed in furry husks.
Examples of these are the invention of Velcro fastening from studying cockleburs, the design of the Japanese Shinkansen bullet train nosecone, based on the beak of a kingfisher bird, the ventilated design of Harare's Eastgate Complex and the design of gecko tape which mimics the surface of gecko lizards' feet (see box).
For instance, the cockleburs that often turn up in the fur of pets were the inspiration for Velcro.
For crops, pre- and post-emergent use of herbicides is required to control grasses, such as Johnsongrass and weeds, such as cockleburs and spiny amaranth.
In West Tennessee, farmer John King was able to kill 12 to 20 inch tall cockleburs, resistant to current standard herbicide treatments.
Cockleburs or sandbursare another sticky problem for pets.