Spanish needles

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Spanish needles common bur marigold of the eastern United States
    • n Spanish needles the seed of bur marigolds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Spanish needles (Bot) a composite weed (Bidens bipinnata) having achenia armed with needlelike awns.
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Usage

In literature:

You stick like a Spanish needle to me.
"The Light of Western Stars" by Zane Grey
Their mother told them the story of the Field of the Cloth of Gold, when they drove down the lane bordered with golden Spanish needles.
"What Two Children Did" by Charlotte E. Chittenden
I rush into a thicket after a red lily, and come out a mass of thorns and Spanish needles.
"Under the Southern Cross" by Elizabeth Robins
Before burdock and thistle, mullein and Spanish-needle would return to smother the clover?
"The Valiants of Virginia" by Hallie Erminie Rives
These adults lay eggs upon the leaves of Spanish needle or yucca.
"Butterflies Worth Knowing" by Clarence M. Weed
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