One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A New Zealand plant of the rose family, with prickly burrs.
Genus Acaena, family Rosaceae: several species, in particular A. anserinifolia
- ‘No one who has seen sheep covered with Acaena ‘burrs’ (piripiri) can hesitate to admit the large part which that animal plays in the spread of this native weed.’
Mid 19th century: from Maori.
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