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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 burke /ˈbɝk/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Burke v. t. [imp. & p. p. Burked p. pr. & vb. n. Burking.]
 1. To murder by suffocation, or so as to produce few marks of violence, for the purpose of obtaining a body to be sold for dissection.
 2. To dispose of quietly or indirectly; to suppress; to smother; to shelve; as, to burke a parliamentary question.
    The court could not burke an inquiry, supported by such a mass of a affidavits.   --C. Reade.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: English statesman famous for his oratory; pleaded the cause
           of the American colonists in Parliament and defended the
           parliamentary system (1729-1797) [syn: Edmund Burke]
      2: United States frontierswoman and legendary figure of the
         Wild West noted for her marksmanship (1852-1903) [syn: Burk,
          Martha Jane Burk, Martha Jane Burke, Calamity Jane]
      v 1: murder without leaving a trace on the body
      2: get rid of, silence, or suppress; "burke an issue"