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goat's beard


from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A weedy European annual with yellow flowers, of the genus Tragopogon; -- so named from the long silky beard of the seeds. One species is the salsify or oyster plant; it is naturalized in US.


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  • 'In another moment she felt the carriage rise straight up into the air, and in her fright she caught at the thing nearest to her hand, which happened to be the Goat's beard.

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    But the beard seemed to melt away as she touched it, and she found herself sitting quietly under a tree—while the Gnat (for that was the insect she had been talking to) was balancing itself on a twig just over her head, and fanning her with its wings.'

    July 18, 2008

  • The little flap that dangles down from the face mask of the catcher or home plate umpire, protecting the Adam's apple.

    February 19, 2010

  • Also, a common name for the plants Aruncus dioicus, which looks like a large astilbe, and Tragopogon pratensis, which looks like a large dandelion.

    February 19, 2010