any of various tick trefoils, especially Desmodium tortuosum, grown for forage in subtropical regions.
Chiefly British. any weed that impoverishes soil.

1875–80; beggar + weed1 Unabridged
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beggarweed (ˈbɛɡəˌwiːd)
See also tick trefoil any of various leguminous plants of the genus Desmodium, esp D. purpureum of the Caribbean, grown in the southern US as forage plants and to improve the soil

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Some native legumes include butterfly pea, beggarweed, and lespedeza.
Fire favors plants such as partridge pea, beggarweed, other legumes and runner oak.
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