Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

stickseed

[stik-seed]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun
  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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
British Dictionary definitions for stickseed

stickseed

noun
  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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012