Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Leontodon, natural order Compositæ, related to the hawkweed and dandelion. The best-known species is L. autumnale, called the fall dandelion, which has become naturalized in the United States from Europe. (See
Leontodon.) The name has also been improperly applied to the species of Hieracium, in place of hawkweed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) The fall dandelion (Leontodon autumnale).
- n. any of various common wildflowers of the genus Leontodon; of temperate Eurasia to Mediterranean regions
“Against such minikin blossoms a drop of dew looks the size of a gazing-crystal, and the ordinary lemon-yellow hawkbit towers above them like a sunflower.”
“The wild flowers that thrive under Tim's management regime include yellow rattle, hawkbit, birds 'foot trefoil, knapweed, devils bit scabious, sorrel, salad burnett and whorled caraway”
“_hierax_ -- a hawk, because people in the old country once thought that birds of prey swooped earthward to sharpen their eyesight with leaves of the hawkweed, hawkbit, or speerhawk, as they are variously called.”
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