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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Examples of dandelion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of the most stunning pieces hailed from the dandelion collection. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 28 Apr. 2022 Other seasonal ingredients include beets, spring peas, asparagus, arugula, dandelion greens, kumquats, radishes, and strawberries. Ashley Dunne, Sunset Magazine, 25 Apr. 2022 In addition to Fallon's go-to, The Dude (bourbon, ginger, saffron, dandelion) is also recommended and Brizzi's personal favorite is the Martini 1-H (gin or vodka, vermouth, citrus oil) on the rocks. Meredith Lepore, Travel + Leisure, 24 Apr. 2022 And more -- red, pink, yellow tones, including an oversized dandelion. cleveland, 12 Apr. 2022 The dandelion greens are quite bitter, but work well with the subtle fish. Kristin Scharkey, Sunset Magazine, 4 Apr. 2022 There’s time for one more crop of beans, spinach, kale, dandelion greens and arugula before temperatures get too warm. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Apr. 2022 Taking inspiration from floating dandelion seeds, University of Washington researchers developed tiny sensors that measure humidity, air pressure, and light. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Mar. 2022 Made from roasted carob, chicory, and dandelion root, these herbal bevs have every bit of the coffee flavor, with none of the caffeine. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 26 Feb. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dandelion. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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


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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