Definition of tick trefoil in English:

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tick trefoil


A tall, spindly leguminous North American plant, the pods of which break up into one-seeded joints that adhere to clothing, animals' fur, etc.
  • Genus Desmodium, family Leguminosae: several species.
Example sentences
  • Plants indicative of disturbed ground include tick trefoil and black-seeded plantain.
  • It felt sort of like home except that dotted among the tick trefoils and geums were beautiful yellow oncidium orchids in full bloom.
  • There are 17 species of tick trefoil in New Jersey and they all share the flat, triangular seed that sticks like a tick.

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Syllabification: tick tre·foil

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