Spanish needles

noun

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

Word History

First Known Use

1743, in the meaning defined above

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

Dictionary Entries Near Spanish needles

Cite this Entry

“Spanish needles.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Spanish%20needles. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?

PLAY