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beggar-lice \beggar-lice\ n.

  1. any of various Eurasian and North American plants having small prickly nutlets that stick to clothing.

    Syn: beggar's lice, beggar's-lice, beggar lice.

  2. any of various tropical and subtropical plants having trifoliate leaves and rough sticky pod sections or loments.

    Syn: tick trefoil, tick-trefoil, beggar's-lice.

Usage examples of "beggar-lice".

Fox Trotter and a rich chocolate brown with a darker mane and tail, now matted with cockleburs and beggar-lice.