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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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 An extraordinarily crazy person creates a theater company in a new city where cultural start-ups often last as long as dandelions in a cyclone. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "The theater company with a wishbone, a funny bone and a backbone," 3 July 2018 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

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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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