from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of liguliflorous composite plants, including the fall dandelion (Leontodon autumnale), and formerly the true dandelion; -- called also lion's tooth.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of composite plants of the tribe Cichoriaceæ and subtribe Hypochærideæ.
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- n. hawkbit
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In addition, some 110 endemic species such as Acanthus hirsutus, Alkanna orientalis, Leontodon oxylepis, and Dianthus zederbauriana occur within the park.
Certain plant species were introduced for grazing domestic animals, such as velvetsoft meadow grass (Holcus lanatus) and dandelion (Leontodon taraxacoides), and have flourished due to their ability to withstand the trampling of cattle.
Dandelion roots as collected for the market are often adulterated with those of the common Hawkbit (_Leontodon hispidus_); but these are more tough and do not give out any milky juice.
_Leontodon dens-leonis_, that will bring it into botany; and there is a place called Dandelion Castle in Kent, and a bell with the inscription --
If you find out that its correct botanical name is _Leontodon taraxacum_ or
The milky juice exuding from Asclepias, Leontodon, Lactuca, and the Euphorbiaceoe yield caoutchouc.
Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests, Medical, Economical, and Agricultural. Being also a Medical Botany of the Confederate States; with Practical Information on the Useful Properties of the Trees, Plants, and Shrubs
_Leontodon_ comes from two Greek words which mean a lion and a tooth.
Some folks seem to treat Leontodon taraxacum as the scourge of the Earth, using toxic chemicals, mechanical means, or just plain elbow grease to eradicate the pretty yellow flowers.
A reflex perianth: as in Afclepias and Leontodon. —
The Dandelion (Leontodon) is said to open about seven and to close about five; Arenaria rubra to be open from nine to three; the White Water Lily (Nymphæa), from about seven to four; the common Mouse-ear Hawk-weed (Hieracium) from eight to three; the Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis) to waken at seven and close soon after two; Tragopogon pratensis to open at four in the morning, and close just before twelve, whence its English name, "John go to bed at noon."