Definition of tickseed in English:

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tickseed

Pronunciation: /ˈtɪksiːd/

noun

chiefly North American
Another term for coreopsis.
Example sentences
  • Look closely at the beautiful flowers common to this region including tickseeds and wild petunias.
  • They were continuing to center their nectaring activities on tickseeds, thistles, and goldenrod.
  • Many other tickseeds have similar flowers, but differ vegetatively and ecologically.

Origin

Mid 16th century: so named because of the resemblance of the seed to a parasitic tick.

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