American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several plants, such as the stickseed, having small, often prickly fruits that cling readily to clothing or animal fur.
- n. The fruit of any of these plants.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An English name of Galium Aparine, or goose-grass, given to it because its burs stick to the clothes, and somewhat resemble lice.
- n. The name given in the United States to species of Bidens and to Echinospermum Virginicum, the seeds of which have barbed awns which cling persistently to clothing. Also called beggar's-ticks.
- n. A name of the European stickseed, Lappula Lappula; of the hound's-tongue, Cynoglossum officinale; of the species of Meibomia (see beggar-weed, 2); and probably of other plants with adhesive seeds or pods.
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Bot.) The prickly fruit or seed of certain plants (as some species of Echinospermum and Cynoglossum) which cling to the clothing of those who brush by them.
- n. any of various tropical and subtropical plants having trifoliate leaves and rough sticky pod sections or loments
- n. Eurasian and North American plants having small prickly nutlets that stick to clothing
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