Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A plant of the genus Coreopsis.
  • noun A plant of the genus Corispermum, usually named bug-seed.
  • noun Same as tick-trefoil.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A seed or fruit resembling in shape an insect, as that of certain plants.
  • noun Same as Coreopsis.
  • noun Any plant of the genus Corispermum, plants of the Goosefoot family.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A seed or fruit resembling an insect in shape.
  • noun A coreopsis.
  • noun Any plant of the genus Corispermum, plants of the goosefoot family.

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

  • noun any of numerous plants of the genus Coreopsis having a profusion of showy usually yellow daisylike flowers over long periods; North and South America

Etymologies

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

[From tick (from its seed's shape).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

tick +‎ seed, from tick the insect.

Examples

  • In my humble opinion, the only one aside from the original tickseed that does anything around here is good old “Moonbeam.”

    Think About Wildflowers « Fairegarden

  • Her space in Carbondale, Ill., is filled with wildflowers such as cone flowers and tickseed.

    Gardening's Final Frontier: the 'Hellstrip'

  • A field of wildflowers, tidy-tips and mullein and tickseed and bindweed, sloped steeply down to the edge of the mesa.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • As she went she picked a bouquet of wild-flowers — whatever caught her eye — fleabane, angelica, tickseed, heal-all.

    Cold Mountain

  • As she went she picked a bouquet of wild-flowers -- whatever caught her eye -- fleabane, angelica, tickseed, heal-all.

    Cold Mountain

  • The palette of pretty native tickseed coreopsis now includes tropical and jewel tones.

    Kansas City Star: Front Page

  • The palette of pretty native tickseed coreopsis now includes tropical and jewel tones.

    Kansas City Star: Front Page

  • Spring: columbine, tickseed, lupine, daisies and most other annuals and perennials in the chrysanthemum family, Oriental poppies, thyme

    Sun Journal

  • In the place of the grass and mixed weeds, I've placed a tickseed and two lavender plants.

    Irregular Times

  • As for the seeds, you'll want to choose plants that require little maintenance, such as native wildflowers like California poppies, tickseed and purple cosmos.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

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