dan·de·li·on | \ ˈdan-də-ˌlī-ən , -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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Sipping on a natural diuretic like dandelion tea can help, too. Boris Abrams, GQ, "How to Take Better Nudes," 17 May 2018 Nature, of course, produces dandelions everywhere, in effortless abundance. Michael Tortorello, New York Times, "A Lifelike Version of Nature, but Not to Scale," 8 May 2018 Tucker cooks a squirrel and wood sorrel roots with henbit and dandelion. New York Times, "A Novel of Kentucky Noir, So Humane It’s Bathed in Light," 23 May 2018 Those factors contribute to photos where the fireworks look like marigolds, dandelions, and poppies set against stark black backgrounds. Anna Goldwater Alexander, WIRED, "Look Closely: These Aren't Flowers—They're Fireworks," 2 July 2018 Someone said this detail reminded them of a dandelion. Devon Abelman, Allure, "I Copied My Favorite K-Pop Star's Makeup for a Week — and It Was Exhausting," 29 May 2018 Part of Griffith Park becomes a floral wonderland complete with nearly a dozen interactive installations, from a house overrun with flowers to eight-foot-high dandelions. Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles Magazine, "The 8 Best Things Going On In L.A. This Weekend," 21 June 2018 Its first-year rosette resembles dandelion, with leaf lobes pointing back toward the leaf base, fine hair on both sides of the leaf and spines on the margins. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Know the proper ways to attack all of our plentiful weeds," 1 June 2018 Within minutes, fans flooded the comments to praise the four-year-old’s hairstyle: two braids decorated with dandelions. Samantha Sasso, refinery29.com, "Instagram Can't Get Enough Of North West's Summery Braids," 24 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of dandelion

: a very common wild plant that has bright yellow flowers


dan·de·li·on | \ ˈdan-də-ˌlī-ən \

Kids Definition of dandelion

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


dan·de·li·on | \ ˈdan-dᵊl-ˌī-ən \

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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