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 seed of such a plant
Etymology: 1840–50, amer.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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 — 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

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

  • beggar-lice — eggar lice n. 1. any of various Eurasian and North American plants having small prickly nutlets that stick to clothing. Syn: beggar s lice, beggar s lice, beggar lice. [WordNet 1.5] 2. any of various tropical and subtropical plants having… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

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