from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various plants having clinging seeds or fruit, especially ragweed.

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  • n. Any of various unrelated plants that have seeds that stick to clothing

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of several herbaceous plants having seeds that cling to clothing


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  • She saw her at last, far up the field, the hickory doll on one arm while with the other she fought something with a dried stickweed longer than she was tall.

    The Dollmaker

  • Gertie heard her cries of “Sooey, Sooey,” saw the stickweed break the air, but for all her fierce fighting Cassie was losing ground before the enemy, running backward at times down the hill.

    The Dollmaker

  • Cassie whirled about, dropped the stickweed, and came running, laughing.

    The Dollmaker

  • In the clear evening a wagon sped along towards the east, through the saffron marshes, tramping down the stickweed and ironweed and the golden rod, and, while the people in it cowered close, the negro driver sang, as carelessly as if he was the lord of the country:

    The Entailed Hat Or, Patty Cannon's Times


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