[ beg-er-weed ]

  1. any of various tick trefoils, especially Desmodium tortuosum, grown for forage in subtropical regions.

  2. Chiefly British. any weed that impoverishes soil.

Origin of beggarweed

First recorded in 1875–80; beggar + weed1

Words Nearby beggarweed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use beggarweed in a sentence

  • 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.

    The Pecan and its Culture | H. Harold Hume

British Dictionary definitions for beggarweed


/ (ˈbɛɡəˌwiːd) /

  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 soil: See also tick trefoil

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