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beggar-ticks

[beg-er-tiks] /ˈbɛg ərˌtɪks/
noun, plural beggar-ticks. (used with a singular or plural verb)
1.
any of several composite plants of the genus Bidens, having rayless yellow flowers and barbed achenes that cling to clothing.
2.
the achenes of these plants.
3.
any of several other plants having seeds or fruits that cling to clothing, as those of the genus Desmodium.
Also, beggar's-ticks.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for beggar'sticks

beggar-ticks

noun (functioning as sing)
1.
any of various plants, such as the bur marigold and tick trefoil, having fruits or seeds that cling to clothing, fur, etc
2.
the seed or fruit of any of these plants
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