Spanish needles


plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: any of several bur marigolds
especially : an annual (Bidens bipinnata) of North America and Asia having yellow flowers and dissected leaves

Examples of Spanish needles in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Butterflies, bees and similar insects love Spanish needles, but the plants can get out of control. Tom MacCubbin,, 5 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1743, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Spanish needles was in 1743

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“Spanish needles.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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