Spanish needles


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Spanish needles

pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
Any of various bur marigolds, especially Bidens bipinatta, having long, thin, barbed achenes.

Span′ish nee′dles


n.
a composite plant, Bidens bipinnata, having achenes with downwardly barbed awns.
[1735–45, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Spanish needles - the seed of bur marigoldsSpanish needles - the seed of bur marigolds    
beggar's-ticks, bur marigold, burr marigold, sticktight, beggar-ticks - any of several plants of the genus Bidens having yellow flowers and prickly fruits that cling to fur and clothing
bur, burr - seed vessel having hooks or prickles
2.Spanish needles - common bur marigold of the eastern United StatesSpanish needles - common bur marigold of the eastern United States
beggar's-ticks, bur marigold, burr marigold, sticktight, beggar-ticks - any of several plants of the genus Bidens having yellow flowers and prickly fruits that cling to fur and clothing