Tick trefoil
Tick Tick, n. [OE. tike, teke; akin to D. teek, G. zecke. Cf. {Tike} a tick.] (Zo["o]l.) (a) Any one of numerous species of large parasitic mites which attach themselves to, and suck the blood of, cattle, dogs, and many other animals. When filled with blood they become ovate, much swollen, and usually livid red in color. Some of the species often attach themselves to the human body. The young are active and have at first but six legs. (b) Any one of several species of dipterous insects having a flattened and usually wingless body, as the bird ticks (see under {Bird}) and sheep tick (see under {Sheep}). [1913 Webster]

{Tick bean}, a small bean used for feeding horses and other animals.

{Tick trefoil} (Bot.), a name given to many plants of the leguminous genus {Desmodium}, which have trifoliate leaves, and joined pods roughened with minute hooked hairs by which the joints adhere to clothing and to the fleece of sheep. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • tick trefoil — noun Etymology: 1tick Date: 1853 any of various leguminous plants (genus Desmodium) with trifoliolate leaves and rough sticky loments …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tick trefoil — 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. [1855 60, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • tick trefoil — noun any of various tropical and subtropical plants having trifoliate leaves and rough sticky pod sections or loments • Syn: ↑beggar lice, ↑beggar s lice • Hypernyms: ↑subshrub, ↑suffrutex • Hyponyms: ↑beggarweed, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • tick|seed — «TIHK SEED», noun. 1. any one of various plants with seeds that look like ticks, such as a coreopsis or a bugseed. 2. = tick trefoil. (Cf. ↑tick trefoil) …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Tick bean — Tick Tick, n. [OE. tike, teke; akin to D. teek, G. zecke. Cf. {Tike} a tick.] (Zo[ o]l.) (a) Any one of numerous species of large parasitic mites which attach themselves to, and suck the blood of, cattle, dogs, and many other animals. When filled …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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