Beggar's ticks


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Beggar's ticks The bur marigold (Bidens) and its achenes, which are armed with barbed awns, and adhere to clothing and fleeces with unpleasant tenacity; -- also called beggar-ticks.
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In literature:

The goldfinch is called the thistle-bird, because he likes best the seeds of thistles, though he eats the beggar's-ticks too.
"The Children's Book of Birds" by Olive Thorne Miller