beggar's-lice
or beggar-lice noun plural but singular or plural in construction Date: 1837 any of various plants (as of the genera Hackelia and Cynoglossum of the borage family) with prickly or adhesive fruits; also one of these fruits

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
(Galium aparine)


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  • beggar's-lice — ☆ beggar s lice [beg′erz līs΄ ] n. pl. beggar s lice 1. any of several plants (esp. the genus Lappula of the borage family) with dry, prickly fruits that adhere to fur or clothing 2. the fruit: Also beggar lice …   English World dictionary

  • Beggar's lice — Beg gar s lice (Bot.) The prickly fruit or seed of certain plants (as some species of {Echinospermum} and {Cynoglossum}) which cling to the clothing of those who brush by them. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • beggar's-lice — noun plural but singular or plural in construction or beggar lice ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ 1. : any of several plants especially of the genera Lappula, Desmodium, and Galium bearing prickly or adhesive fruits that cling to clothing 2. : the fruit of beggar …   Useful english dictionary

  • beggar's lice — noun 1. Eurasian and North American plants having small prickly nutlets that stick to clothing • Syn: ↑beggar lice • Hypernyms: ↑stickweed • Member Holonyms: ↑Hackelia, ↑genus Hackelia, ↑Lappula, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • beggar's-lice — /beg euhrz luys /, n., pl. beggar s lice. 1. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) any of several plants, esp. of the genera Cynoglossum and Hackelia, having small, prickly fruits that stick to clothing. 2. (used with a pl. v.) the fruits or seeds of… …   Universalium

  • beggar's-lice — beg′gar s lice or beg′gar lice , n. pl. lice. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) 1) pln any of several plants, esp. of the genera Cynoglossum and Hackelia, of the borage family, having small, prickly fruits that stick to clothing 2) pln the fruit or… …   From formal English to slang

  • beggar's-lice — n. Goose grass (Galium aparine) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • beggar's-ticks — ☆ beggar s ticks [beg′erztiks΄ ] n. pl. beggar s ticks 1. a) TICK TREFOIL b) the prickly seed pod of a tick trefoil 2. a) …   Universalium

  • beggar's-ticks — ☆ beggar s ticks [beg′erztiks΄ ] n. pl. beggar s ticks 1. a) TICK TREFOIL b) the prickly seed pod of a tick trefoil 2. a) BUR MARIGOLD b) the prickly seed of a bur …   English World dictionary

  • beggar's ticks — beggar s lice, beggar s ticks or beggar ticks plural noun 1. Any of various plants with burrs 2. The burrs themselves • • • Main Entry: ↑beg …   Useful english dictionary

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