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[dan-dl-ahy-uh n] /ˈdæn dlˌaɪ ən/
a weedy composite plant, Taraxacum officinale, having edible, deeply toothed or notched leaves, golden-yellow flowers, and rounded clusters of white, hairy seeds.
any other plant of the genus Taraxacum.
Origin of dandelion
1505-15; < Middle French, alteration of dent de lion, literally, tooth of (a) lion, translation of Medieval Latin dēns leōnis, in allusion to the toothed leaves Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dandelion
  • Quick and easy recipes for fresh dandelion greens, one of our favorite spring greens.
  • Yes, that weed popping up out of her faux turf carpet is a real dandelion, deliberately planted.
  • Trying to really see this dandelion, that caterpillar-even that dead squirrel.
  • After seeding a bare plot of land with dandelion seeds, the population of dandelions increases quickly.
  • For example, compared to people, a bee may get a different view of a yellow dandelion.
  • dandelion root is being used by the automaker in material applications that usually call for petroleum-based products.
  • Anxiety free-floating, along with dandelion fluff, in the air.
  • Picked wild in the spring and steamed, they lose their sting and are as tasty as dandelion greens.
  • Try buying a pound of cobalt, versus a pound of working dandelion leaves.
  • In early spring, the rosette not only resembles the dandelion but has that same bitter taste for which the dandelion is famous.
British Dictionary definitions for dandelion


a plant, Taraxacum officinale, native to Europe and Asia and naturalized as a weed in North America, having yellow rayed flowers and deeply notched basal leaves, which are used for salad or wine: family Asteraceae (composites)
any of several similar related plants
Word Origin
C15: from Old French dent de lion, literally: tooth of a lion, referring to its leaves
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Word Origin and History for dandelion

early 15c., earlier dent-de-lioun (late 14c.), from Middle French dent de lion, literally "lion's tooth" (from its toothed leaves), translation of Medieval Latin dens leonis. Other folk names, like tell-time refer to the custom of telling the time by blowing the white seed (the number of puffs required to blow them all off supposedly being the number of the hour), or to the plant's more authentic diuretic qualities, preserved in Middle English piss-a-bed and French pissenlit.

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