Definition of Beggar lice

1. Noun. Eurasian and North American plants having small prickly nutlets that stick to clothing.

Exact synonyms: Beggar's Lice
Group relationships: Genus Hackelia, Genus Lappula, Hackelia, Lappula
Generic synonyms: Stickweed



2. Noun. Any of various tropical and subtropical plants having trifoliate leaves and rough sticky pod sections or loments.
Exact synonyms: Beggar's Lice, Tick Trefoil
Group relationships: Desmodium, Genus Desmodium
Specialized synonyms: Beggarweed, Desmodium Purpureum, Desmodium Tortuosum
Generic synonyms: Subshrub, Suffrutex

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Beggar Lice

beggar
beggar's-lice
beggar's-ticks
beggar's lice
beggar's ticks
beggar-my-neighbor
beggar-my-neighbor policy
beggar-my-neighbor strategy
beggar-my-neighbors
beggar-my-neighbour
beggar-my-neighbour policy
beggar-my-neighbour strategy
beggar-thy-neighbor
beggar-ticks
beggar belief
beggar lice (current term)
beggardom
beggardoms
beggared
beggarhood
beggarhoods
beggaries
beggaring
beggarism
beggarlier
beggarliest
beggarlike
beggarliness
beggarlinesses
beggarly

Literary usage of Beggar lice

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Year Book and Proceedings of the Annual Convention by American Seed Trade Association (1902)
"A description of the plant is almost identical with the well known beggar lice, or beggars' ticks, known so well by every Southern farmer. ..."

2. Nature Studies on the Farm: Soils and Plants by Charles Albert Keffer (1907)
"I have gone through the woods in the fall and come out with my clothing Burdock seed. so covered with beggar's lice that it almost seemed as if the plants ..."

3. The Popular Science Monthly (1885)
"... when driven into the closest possible contact, to hook into one another, and so to hold together by what might be called a " beggar's-lice grapple. ..."

4. Publications by English Dialect Society (1886)
"Beggar Brushes. Clematis Vitalba, L.—S. Bucks. beggar lice. Galium Aparine, L. From the seeds adhering to the clothes and resembling insects. ..."

5. Plant Names, Scientific and Popular, Including in the Case of Each Plant the by Albert Brown Lyons (1900)
"... L. ('anada and eastern to central US Common Beggar-ticks, Stick-tight, Beggar-lice, Cow-lice, Harvest-lice, ..."

6. A Dictionary of English Plant-names by James Britten, Robert Holland (1886)
"Beggar Brushes. Clematis Vitalba, L.—S. Bucks. beggar lice. Galium Aparine, L. From the seeds adhering to the clothes and resembling insects. ..."

7. An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States, Canada and the British by Nathaniel Lord. Britton, Hon. Addison. Brown (1913)
"Beggar-lice. In moist soil, often a weed in fields, Nova Scotia to Florida, British Columbia, Texas, Colorado Devil's-pitchfork. Stick-seed. ..."

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