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

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 See also tick trefoil


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