: a genus of Old World herbs (family Compositae) having entire linear leaves and long pedunculate heads of yellow or purple radiate flowers with a single series of involucral bracts see salsify, yellow goatsbeard

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, salsify, from Greek tragopōgōn, from tragos he-goat + pōgōn beard; from the large pappus

First Known Use

1578, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Tragopogon was in 1578

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“Tragopogon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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