Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various plants of the genus Desmodium of the pea family, having compound leaves, small purplish or white flowers, and pods that break into one-seeded segments usually covered with hooked hairs.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A plant of the genus Desmodium: so named from the trifoliate leaves and the joints of the pods, which are adhesive like ticks.

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

  • noun any of various tropical and subtropical plants having trifoliate leaves and rough sticky pod sections or loments

Etymologies

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

[From tick (from the way its pods adhere to animals).]

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