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  1. any of the weedy plants belonging to the genus Lappula, having prickly seeds that adhere to clothing.

Origin of stickseed

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; stick2 + seed
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British Dictionary definitions for stickseed


  1. any of various Eurasian and North American plants of the boraginaceous genus Lappula, having red-and-blue flowers and small prickly fruitsAlso called: beggar's-lice

Word Origin

C19: from stick ²; so called because its seeds have adhesive hooks on them
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