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coltsfoot

Syllabification: colts·foot
Pronunciation: /ˈkōltsfo͝ot
 
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Definition of coltsfoot in English:

noun (plural coltsfoots)

A Eurasian plant of the daisy family, with yellow flowers that appear in early spring, followed by large, heart-shaped leaves. It is used in herbal medicine for the treatment of coughs and respiratory disorders.
  • Tussilago farfara, family Compositae
Example sentences
  • Besides picking the more familiar lemon balm, coltsfoot and mullein, I found myself picking honeysuckle flowers for their antibacterial and antiviral properties.
  • In fact, a replica of the coltsfoot flower used to be placed above the doorway of Pharmacies in Paris, as an emblem of effective medicine.
  • Even on a late February afternoon, spring flowers were already well in evidence, especially butterbur, coltsfoot, dog's mercury, barren strawberry and even the odd primrose.

Origin

mid 16th century: translating medieval Latin pes pulli 'foal's foot', with reference to the shape of the leaves.

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