from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A central Asian dandelion (Taraxacum bicorne syn. T. koksaghyz) having fleshy roots that yield a form of rubber.

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  • noun perennial dandelion native to Kazakhstan cultivated for its fleshy roots that have high rubber content


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin, specific epithet, from Tatar kök-sagyz : kök, root + sagyz, rubber.]


  • According to Discovery News, scientists from Ohio State University's Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) and the Ohio BioProducts Innovation Center (OBIC) recently received a $3 million grant to design and build a processing plant that would turn sticky white dandelion root from Russian dandelion (Taraxacum kok-saghyz) sap into a high quality natural rubber that rivals tree rubber in price.

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  • GARKAVYI, S. (1935) Manuring of kok-saghyz in peat soil.

    Chapter 5

  • Taraxacum kok-saghyz (TKS), may yet make the big time.

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