One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A leguminous North American plant, the pods of which break up into one-seeded sectios that adhere to clothing, animals' fur, etc.
Genus Desmodium, family Leguminosae: several species
- ‘There are 17 species of tick trefoil in New Jersey and they all share the flat, triangular seed that sticks like a tick.’
- ‘Plants indicative of disturbed ground include tick trefoil and black-seeded plantain.’
- ‘It felt sort of like home except that dotted among the tick trefoils and geums were beautiful yellow oncidium orchids in full bloom.’
- ‘As is typical of legumes, nitrogen-fixing bacteria exist in a symbiotic relationship with the tick trefoil.’
- ‘Sessile-leaved tick trefoil is believed to be extinct in Connecticut.’
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