Definition of dandelion in English:
- Genus Taraxacum, family Compositae: several species, in particular the common T. officinale, which has edible leaves
- The people in charge of arranging such operations know full well that dandelions come into flower at much the same time as our daffodils and then take over as the daffodils fade away.
- True to Chris's intentions, the two acre garden is fresh with scent and the colours of cowslips and foxgloves, daffodils and dandelions.
- Tough, old dandelions and some other weeds at times require two treatments.
Late Middle English: from French dent-de-lion, translation of medieval Latin dens leonis 'lion's tooth' (because of the jagged shape of the leaves).
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.
- British & World English dictionary
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