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goat's-beard

Syllabification: goat's-beard
(also goatsbeard)

Definition of goat's-beard in English:

noun

1A plant of the daisy family, with slender grasslike leaves, yellow flowers that typically close at about midday, and downy fruits that resemble those of a dandelion. Native to Eurasia, it has become established in eastern North America.
  • Tragopogon pratensis, family Compositae
Example sentences
  • Where are the hats decorated with the goat's beard?
  • It is a larger relative of the common wild plant goat's beard, T. pratensis.
  • Use dwarf goat's beard in partial shaded rock gardens with hostas, toad lilies, tiarellas, and wildflowers.
2A plant of the rose family, with long plumes of white flowers, found in both Eurasia and North America.
  • Aruncus vulgaris, family Rosaceae

Origin

mid 16th century: translating Greek tragopōgon or Latin Barba Capri.

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