beggarweed

noun
beg·​gar·​weed | \ ˈbe-gər-ˌwēd How to pronounce beggarweed (audio) \

Definition of beggarweed

1 : any of various plants (such as knotgrass or dodder) that grow in waste ground
2 : any of several tick trefoils (genus Desmodium) especially : a West Indian forage plant (D. tortuosum) cultivated in the southern U.S.

First Known Use of beggarweed

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Beggarweed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beggarweed. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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