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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Recent Examples on the Web Claudia Mata, a former magazine editor, saw the potential in combining the plant’s anti-inflammatory properties with skin-revitalizing herbs such as marjoram, calendula and dandelion — an idea that, a year later, formed the basis for Vertly. New York Times, "From Northern California, Farm-Fresh Skin Care," 31 Dec. 2020 The Stabilizer — includes kale, dandelion, parsley, lemon, and cucumber, while the Citrus Blast boasts grapefruit, orange, lemon and lime. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "6 North Texas juice spots for a fresh start to 2021," 4 Jan. 2021 Loretta Castorini is not a wallflower, exactly — more like a dandelion. New York Times, "Site Information Navigation," 9 Dec. 2020 Contains organic, sustainably farmed parsley, nettle leaf, and dandelion root. Ana Sanchez, chicagotribune.com, "The best cardiovascular support supplement," 12 Dec. 2020 My children identified plants in the yard, picking enough dandelions to make dandelion jelly. Washington Post, "How parents are turning toward gratitude in the pandemic," 10 Dec. 2020 Even the humble dandelion, which can be used to fight inflammation, tells of the natural healing power of plants. Jessica Prupas, National Geographic, "These Indigenous women are reshaping Canada’s tourism industry," 30 Nov. 2020 Look for the tall RotoFlora sculpture which resembles a dandelion. John Pana, cleveland, "The best bike & hike trails in Northeast Ohio," 23 June 2020 When the sun was fully risen, the golden marble faded and floated off like dandelion floss caught in the wind. Ayana Mathis, New York Times, "On a Summer Night in Selma, an Eerie Carnival Comes to Town," 11 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of dandelion was in the 14th century

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18 Feb 2021

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“Dandelion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dandelion. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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 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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