beg·​gar·​weed ˈbe-gər-ˌwēd How to pronounce beggarweed (audio)
: any of various plants (such as knotgrass or dodder) that grow in waste ground
: any of several tick trefoils (genus Desmodium)
especially : a West Indian forage plant (D. tortuosum) cultivated in the southern U.S.

Word History

First Known Use

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of beggarweed was in 1789

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“Beggarweed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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