(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.
(used with a plural verb) the fruits or seeds of such a plant.
noun (functioning as sing)
any of several plants, esp the stickseed, having small prickly fruits that adhere to clothing, fur, etc
the seed or fruit of any of these plants
beggar-your-neighbor. Historical Examples Hide and Seek Wilkie Collins
- Beggar’s opera
a ballad opera (1728) with text by John Gay and music arranged by John Pepusch.
any of several composite plants of the genus Bidens, having rayless yellow flowers and barbed achenes that cling to clothing. the achenes of these plants. any of several other plants having seeds or fruits that cling to clothing, as those of the genus Desmodium. Historical Examples Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience Henry […]
any of various tick trefoils, especially Desmodium tortuosum, grown for forage in subtropical regions. Chiefly British. any weed that impoverishes soil. Historical Examples The Pecan and its Culture H. Harold Hume The Pecan and its Culture H. Harold Hume noun any of various leguminous plants of the genus Desmodium, esp D. purpureum of the Caribbean, […]