- any of the weedy plants belonging to the genus Lappula, having prickly seeds that adhere to clothing.
Origin of stickseed
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- 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
C19: from stick ²; so called because its seeds have adhesive hooks on them