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tick trefoil

noun
  1. any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Desmodium, of the legume family, having trifoliolate leaves and jointed pods with hooked hairs by which they adhere to objects.
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Origin of tick trefoil

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60
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Historical Examples of tick trefoil

  • Over by the wire fence the tick-trefoil, desmodium, is in its glory.

    Some Summer Days in Iowa

    Frederick John Lazell

  • Now he reaches the tick-trefoil, and nips out some stamens from its purple blossoms, which he eats with relish.

    Some Summer Days in Iowa

    Frederick John Lazell


British Dictionary definitions for tick trefoil

tick trefoil

noun
  1. any of various tropical and subtropical leguminous plants of the genus Desmodium, having trifoliate leaves, clusters of small purplish or white flowers, and sticky jointed seed pods, which separate into segments that cling to animalsAlso called: beggar-ticks
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