beggar'slice

beggar's-lice

[beg-erz-lahys]
noun, plural beggar's-lice.
1.
(used with a singular or plural verb) any of several plants, especially of the genera Cynoglossum and Hackelia, having small, prickly fruits that stick to clothing.
2.
(used with a plural verb) the fruits or seeds of such a plant.
Also, beggar-lice [beg-er-lahys] .


Origin:
1840–50, Americanism

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beggar's-lice
 
n
1.  any of several plants, esp the stickseed, having small prickly fruits that adhere to clothing, fur, etc
2.  the seed or fruit of any of these plants

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