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hordock

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hordock (plural hordocks)

  1. (nonce word, used only by Shakespeare) A plant, possibly burdock.
    • c. 1605, William Shakespeare, King Lear, Act IV, Scene 4, London: Nathaniel Butter, 1608,[1]
      Alack tis he, why he was met euen now,
      As mad as the vent sea singing aloud,
      Crownd with ranke femiter and furrow weedes,
      With hor-docks, hemlocke, netles, cookow flowers,
      Darnell and all the idle weedes that grow,