One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The spur on the leg of a cock.
2Australian A European plant of the daisy family with yellow thistle-like flower heads that has become naturalized in Australia.
Centaurea melitensis, family Compositae
- ‘This is a potent new herbicide used to control cockspur and other weeds in rice paddy fields.’
- ‘There was a prickly weed known as cockspurs which grew amid the wheat crop and those handling hay at chaff cutting had to wear leather gloves.’
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