beggar-ticks

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n beggar-ticks any of several plants of the genus Bidens having yellow flowers and prickly fruits that cling to fur and clothing
    • n beggar-ticks the seed of bur marigolds
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Usage

In literature:

It was overrun with Roman wormwood and beggar-ticks, which last stuck to my clothes for all fruit.
"Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience" by Henry David Thoreau
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
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