Definition of tick trefoil in English:

tick trefoil

Syllabification: tick tre·foil

noun

  • 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
    More 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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