dandelion

noun
dan·​de·​li·​on | \ ˈdan-də-ˌlī-ən How to pronounce dandelion (audio) , -dē-\

Definition of dandelion

: any of a genus (Taraxacum) of yellow-flowered composite herbs with milky sap especially : one (T. officinale) sometimes grown as a potherb and nearly cosmopolitan as a weed

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In fact, wind turbines have cropped up like dandelions across large areas of the US, and thousands more are coming. Umair Irfan, Vox, "4 maps that show who’s being left behind in America’s wind-power boom," 28 Mar. 2019 After this first flush, raise up the mower so that the grass will grow taller than the now flowerless dandelion plants. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Ladies and gentlemen, start your compost," 14 June 2018 And, of course, dandelions are into their first flush. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s been a cool spring, but don’t be fooled. Now is the time to put plants in the ground.," 31 May 2018 For nursing mothers, dandelions are an excellent way to naturally boost milk production. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "8 Weeds You Should Actually Let Grow In Your Yard," 28 July 2016 Vests are accented with sponsor patches, like the sludge-green emblem of Monster Energy or the dandelion-yellow logo of NAPA Auto Parts. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Bold and the Beautiful Style of Professional Bull Riders," 7 Jan. 2019 This type of weed controller is formulated to prevent weed seeds from germinating, which will greatly reduce the number of crabgrass, dandelions and other weeds. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Your Lawn Ready for Spring," 22 Jan. 2019 Try these four delicious ways to cook dandelion flowers. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "8 Weeds You Should Actually Let Grow In Your Yard," 28 July 2016 During these moments, matter is blown off the star like so many dandelion seeds. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Beautiful 3D model of stars explains changes in brightness," 8 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of dandelion

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dandelion

Middle English dendelyoun, from Anglo-French dent de lion, literally, lion's tooth

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dandelion

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English Language Learners Definition of dandelion

: a very common wild plant that has bright yellow flowers

dandelion

noun
dan·​de·​li·​on | \ ˈdan-də-ˌlī-ən How to pronounce dandelion (audio) \

Kids Definition of dandelion

: a weedy plant that has bright yellow flowers with hollow stems and leaves that are sometimes used as food

dandelion

noun
dan·​de·​li·​on | \ ˈdan-dᵊl-ˌī-ən How to pronounce dandelion (audio) \

Medical Definition of dandelion

: any plant of the genus Taraxacum especially : an herb (T. officinale) sometimes grown as a potherb and nearly cosmopolitan as a weed

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