- (used with a singular or plural verb) any of several plants, especially of the genera Cynoglossum and Hackelia, having small, prickly fruits that stick to clothing.
- (used with a plural verb) the fruits or seeds of such a plant.
Also beg·gar-lice [beg-er-lahys] /ˈbɛg ərˌlaɪs/.
Origin of beggar's-lice
An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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- any of several plants, esp the stickseed, having small prickly fruits that adhere to clothing, fur, etc
- the seed or fruit of any of these plants
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