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Spanish needles

noun
1.
(used with a singular or plural verb) a composite plant, Bidens bipinnata, having achenes with downwardly barbed awns.
2.
(used with a plural verb) the achenes themselves.
Origin of Spanish needles
1735-1745
1735-45, Americanism; in allusion to its tropical American origin
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