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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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 Germany’s Continental AG is researching rubber from dandelions. Lucy Craymer, WSJ, "Dandelions Ruin Your Front Yard but Could Be the Future of the Rubber Industry," 2 Oct. 2018 Weed Control If broadleaf weeds like dandelions have taken over your lawn, now's the time to fight back. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "6 Tips to Get Your Lawn Ready for Fall," 24 Aug. 2018 But art’s job — like walking into a field of a million dandelions — is presumably to wake us up from that stupor. New York Times, "This Artist Foresaw Our Digital Future in a Meadow of Dandelions," 21 June 2018 Canton resident Amy Houck, 33, captured her daughter Jade distributing dandelions on the front steps of her neighbors’ homes on Friday and shared the gracious moment in a video on the Canton Neighbors Facebook group. Brittany Britto, baltimoresun.com, "Video: Canton girl melts hearts by leaving flowers on neighbors' doorsteps," 9 Apr. 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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