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beggarticks

Syllabification: beg·gar·ticks
Pronunciation: /ˈbeɡərˌtiks
 
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(also beggar's ticks)

Definition of beggarticks in English:

plural noun

[often treated as singular]
A plant of the daisy family with inconspicuous yellow flowers and small barbed fruit that cling to passing animals. Several kinds are widespread weeds. Also called bur marigold.
  • Genus Bidens, family Compositae: several species, in particular B. frondosa
Example sentences
  • For instance, dock and beggarticks often indicate wet soil, while thistles and mullein indicate a dry soil.
  • Hairy beggarticks can be found in thin turf and disturbed areas.
  • In our meadows and some of our wilder gardens, beggarticks have run rampant with all the rain we've had here in north Florida and the butterflies are loving it.

Origin

mid 19th century: apparently from the resemblance of the seedpods to ticks.

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