beg·​gar's-lice | \ ˈbe-gərz-ˌlīs How to pronounce beggar's-lice (audio) \
variants: or beggar-lice \ ˈbe-​gər-​ˌlīs How to pronounce beggar-lice (audio) \

Definition of beggar's-lice

: 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

First Known Use of beggar's-lice

1835, in the meaning defined above

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“Beggar's-lice.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beggar%27s-lice. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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