Tick-trefoil meaning

Any of various plants of the genus Desmodium of the pea family, having compound leaves, small purplish or white flowers, and pods that break into one-seeded segments usually covered with hooked hairs.
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Any of a genus (Desmodium) of leguminous plants with clusters of small purple flowers, leaves in groups of three, and jointed prickly pods.
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Origin of tick-trefoil

  • From tick (from the way its pods adhere to animals)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition