American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A Eurasian plant (Taraxacum officinale) of the composite family having many-rayed yellow flower heads and deeply notched basal leaves. Widely naturalized as a weed in North America, it is used in salads and to make wine.
- n. Any of several similar or related plants.
- n. A brilliant to vivid yellow.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A well-known plant, Taraxacum officinale, natural order Compositæ, having a naked fistulous scape with one large bright-yellow flower, and a tapering, milky, perennial root. It is found under several forms over the whole of Europe, central and northern Asia, and North America. The root has been used as a substitute for coffee. It acts as an aperient and tonic, and is esteemed in affections of the liver. The seed of the plant is furnished with a white pappus, and is transported far and wide by the wind. The flowers open in the morning between 5 and 6 o'clock, and close between 8 and 9 in the evening; hence this was one of the plants chosen by Linnæus for his floral clock.
- n. countable Any of the several species of plant in the genus Taraxacum, characterised yellow flower heads and notched, broad-ended leaves, especially the common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale).
- n. countable The flower head or fruiting head of the dandelion plant.
- n. uncountable A yellow colour, like that of the flower.
- adj. Of a yellow colour, like that of the flower.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A well-known plant of the genus Taraxacum (Taraxacum officinale, formerly called Taraxacum Dens-leonis and Leontodos Taraxacum) bearing large, yellow, compound flowers, and deeply notched leaves.
- n. any of several herbs of the genus Taraxacum having long tap roots and deeply notched leaves and bright yellow flowers followed by fluffy seed balls
- Middle English dent-de-lioun, from Old French dentdelion, from Medieval Latin dēns leōnis, lion's tooth (from its sharply indented leaves) : Latin dēns, dent-, tooth. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“At the time, we thought the yellow flowers were trash, but the white ones, which we called dandelion ghosts, were different because they granted wishes.”
“Now, imagine that dandelion is trying to sprout feathers.”
“The dandelion is one of the most common weeds in gardens and countryside, and today here on Freshome we wanted to present you an interesting and creative example of wall decal inspired by dandelion seeds being blown.”
“The word dandelion, after all, comes from dent de lion, tooth of the lion, after the jagged leaves.”
“If you call a dandelion a weed versus of flower, it will vary what you do with it.”
“Experience taught me that the root of the dandelion is not so good when applied to this purpose in the spring as it is in the fall.”
“Case turned to Joseph, who’d just picked a dandelion from the grass and was holding it against his nose to combat the odor.”
“The dandelion is a noble flower, mimicking the tooth of a lion.”
“The dandelion is a perennial plant, meaning it'll grow without re-seeding, and this one grows twice annually, early spring and again in the fall.”
“Fighting weeds like the taraxacum officinale (aka dandelion) is an annual American ritual.”
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