One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of the daisy family which has become naturalized in Australia, where it is considered a noxious weed because its hooked burrs become entangled in sheep's fleeces.
Xanthium occidentale, family Compositae
- ‘Noogoora burr is spreading along rivers in the Top End and Kimberly, where it can form thick, impenetrable barriers to wildlife, stock and anglers.’
Late 19th century: Noogoora from the name of a sheep station in Queensland.
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