Definition of pissabed in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈpɪsəbɛd/


The dandelion.
Example sentences
  • The other name, the common French pissenlit and its English local equivalent ‘pissabed’ refer to the diuretic properties attributed to dandelion root.
  • Another common English name for the weed is pissabed, from the Dutch.


Late 16th century: from the verb piss (because of its diuretic properties) + abed, suggested by the French name for the dandelion, pissenlit.

  • dandelion from Late Middle English:

    The toothed leaves of the dandelion explain the origin of its name. French dent-de-lion means ‘lion's tooth’. The name came into English in the late Middle Ages. The usual term for the flower in French is now pissenlit, which has a parallel in English pissabed (mid 16th century), another name for the dandelion. The plant was formerly well known for its diuretic properties.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: piss|abed

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.