beggars-lice

beg′gar's-lice`

or beg′gar-lice`,



n., pl. -lice. (used with a sing. or pl. v.)
1. any of several plants, esp. of the genera Cynoglossum and Hackelia, of the borage family, having small, prickly fruits that stick to clothing.
2. the fruit or seed of such a plant.
[1840–50, Amer.]