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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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  • But I have seen it out in November; that is, the dandelion blooms for fully nine months.

    Woodland Tales Ernest Seton-Thompson
  • His palace was as yellow a home as a dandelion to a bee, but not half so sweet.

    Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew Josephine Preston Peabody
  • A day or two since, Una found a few purple violets, and yesterday a dandelion in bloom.

  • Her hair was soft, soft and white as a puppy's, soft and white like the down from a dandelion.

  • I asked, and my toes pinched the head of the dandelion until it dropped from its stem.

  • You braid it just like we braid the daisy stems and the dandelion stems in the fields.

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • dandelion greens, spinach, Swiss chard, may all be used in the same way.

    The Khaki Kook Book Mary Kennedy Core
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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