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 Further, a dandelion seed can travel 0.6 miles, not 5 miles. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Viral meme on benefits of dandelions is partly false," 30 Mar. 2021 But firing one man is like snipping the head off a dandelion in the garden. BostonGlobe.com, "Changing hearts and minds is the challenge after Duxbury High football episode," 27 Mar. 2021 Nettle and dandelion are astringent, cleansing herbs perfect for this moment—boil them in water to make a tea. Radhi Devlukia-shetty, Bon Appétit, "6 Ways to Feel Your Best in Spring, According to an Ayurvedic Chef," 23 Mar. 2021 Their eight tiny tentacles, fluttering ever so gently with the current like fine dandelion fuzz, usher plankton and other organic matter into each polyp’s central mouth and transport it through the outer tissue to nourish the entire colony. Autumn Spanne, The Atlantic, "The Mediterranean’s Red Gold Is Running Out," 24 Feb. 2021 Then collect all the dandelion, chickweed, lamb’s quarters, and amaranth that your garden provides. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "Want to Plant the Ultimate Survival Garden This Spring? You Better Start Planning Right Now," 19 Feb. 2021 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

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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 18 Apr. 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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