beggar-ticks


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beggar-ticks

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beggar's-ticks

n (functioning as singular)
1. (Plants) any of various plants, such as the bur marigold and tick trefoil, having fruits or seeds that cling to clothing, fur, etc
2. (Plants) the seed or fruit of any of these plants
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Noun1.beggar-ticks - the seed of bur marigoldsbeggar-ticks - 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.beggar-ticks - any of several plants of the genus Bidens having yellow flowers and prickly fruits that cling to fur and clothingbeggar-ticks - any of several plants of the genus Bidens having yellow flowers and prickly fruits that cling to fur and clothing
Bidens, genus Bidens - bur marigolds
Bidens bipinnata, Spanish needles - common bur marigold of the eastern United States
beggar-ticks, Spanish needles - the seed of bur marigolds
Bidens coronata, Bidens trichosperma, tickseed sunflower - North American bur marigold with large flowers
Bidens connata, swampy beggar-ticks - bur marigold of eastern and northern United States and Canada common in wet pastures and meadows
subshrub, suffrutex - low-growing woody shrub or perennial with woody base
References in classic literature ?
It was overrun with Roman wormwood and beggar-ticks, which last stuck to my clothes for all fruit.