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  1. any of various tick trefoils, especially Desmodium tortuosum, grown for forage in subtropical regions.
  2. Chiefly British. any weed that impoverishes soil.
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Origin of beggarweed

First recorded in 1875–80; beggar + weed1
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Examples from the Web for beggarweed

Historical Examples

  • Ground which produced a heavy crop of cowpeas, velvet beans or beggarweed the previous season is excellent for the purpose.

    The Pecan and its Culture

    H. Harold Hume

  • Beggarweed, velvet beans or soja beans will answer well in many localities.

British Dictionary definitions for beggarweed


  1. any of various leguminous plants of the genus Desmodium, esp D. purpureum of the Caribbean, grown in the southern US as forage plants and to improve the soilSee also tick trefoil
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