(used with a singular or plural verb) a composite plant, Bidens bipinnata, having achenes with downwardly barbed awns.
(used with a plural verb) the achenes themselves.
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This tall, horizontally branched cactus is probably the most recognizable cactus in Arizona. What is it called?
Origin of Spanish needles
An Americanism dating back to 1735–45; in allusion to its tropical American origin
Words nearby Spanish needles
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