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
Recent Examples of dandelion from the Web
Writer Ray Bradbury used to make it from dandelions.
The grass turns green and little neighbor kids come to pick the many dandelions on our lawn.
Many scientists, among them Francis Crick and Fred Hoyle, have at least entertained the idea of galactic panspermia: life spreading across space like dandelion seeds in the wind.
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Origin and Etymology of dandelion
Middle English dendelyoun, from Anglo-French dent de lion, literally, lion's tooth
First Known Use: 14th century
DANDELION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dandelion for English Language Learners
: a very common wild plant that has bright yellow flowers
DANDELION Defined for Kids
Definition of dandelion for Students
: a weedy plant that has bright yellow flowers with hollow stems and leaves that are sometimes used as food
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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