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taraxacum

Syllabification: ta·rax·a·cum
Pronunciation: /təˈraksəkəm
 
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Definition of taraxacum in English:

noun

1Any plant of the genus Taraxacum (daisy family), including the dandelion.
Example sentences
  • Like the taraxacums, these plants flower in springtime and reproduce apomictically.
  • The species of Taraxacum are tap-rooted biennial or perennial herbaceous plants, native to temperate areas of the Northern Hemisphere of the Old World.
  • I've used them for the vast array of spring greens I love as well as various kinds of kale and cultivated Taraxacums.
1.1A preparation of the dried roots of this, used medicinally.
Example sentences
  • Taraxacum was established as a drug in Europe in the 16th Century.

Origin

early 18th century: from medieval Latin altaraxacon, via Arabic from Persian talḵ 'bitter' + čaḵūḵ 'purslane'.

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