One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for dock (the plant)
- ‘He surveyed the grounds with their hen-houses, rust-bound corrugated iron sheds, broken down tractors, potato patches and clothes poles chest high in dockens with full heads of seeds.’
- ‘After thoroughly double-digging my fruit plot before planting, I've discovered a huge docken has just appeared through the thick mulch.’
Late Middle English: apparently from Old English doccan, plural of docce (see dock).
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