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Any of various plants having small barbed or clinging fruits, such as ragweed.


(Plants) any of several plants that have clinging fruits or seeds, esp the ragweed



any of the composite plants of the genus Ambrosia, the airborne pollen of which is the most prevalent cause of autumnal hay fever.
[1650–60; so called from its ragged appearance]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stickweed - any of several herbaceous plants having seeds that cling to clothingstickweed - any of several herbaceous plants having seeds that cling to clothing
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
beggar lice, beggar's lice - Eurasian and North American plants having small prickly nutlets that stick to clothing
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The towns are full of empty storefronts, staring blankly; fields long cultivated have gone brown with stickweed; schools and post offices are closing for lack of patrons; factories are sitting empty and open to the wind.
It would be easy to speak of the three miles of woods rising empty behind us, innocent of house of path, the sibilant course of the creek between its attendant ridges, the tall second-growth poplar arrow-straight against the sky, the stickweed and briars in the abandoned fields.