dandelion

noun
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 But the ones with the best health and life outcomes were not the dandelions. Jenny Anderson, Quartz, "How to help children who are highly susceptible to stress," 3 Dec. 2019 For a virus, that’s the equivalent of 4.7 billion dandelion spores, each a potential carrier of its DNA, drifting to wherever the air-travel currents blow them. Time, "The Coronavirus Outbreak Should Bring Out the Best in Humanity," 8 Feb. 2020 The Johan Vineyards piquette has an earthy, savory quality with gobs of red fruit and a crazy herbal note that reminded me of a cross between German chamomile and dandelion tea. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Is lower-alcohol piquette Oregon’s next big wine craze?," 25 Jan. 2020 Some of the bees escaped and took up life in the wild, spreading easily, a bit like the dandelions that also came over from Europe. Paige Embry, Scientific American, "Beekeepers Seek Resistance to the Honeybee’s Most Fearsome Enemy," 1 Oct. 2019 Some of the bees escaped and took up life in the wild, spreading easily, a bit like the dandelions that also came over from Europe. Paige Embry, Smithsonian, "Beekeepers Seek to Save Honeybees From a Colony-Invading Pest," 1 Oct. 2019 But do younger generations really aspire to murder the clover, the wild violet, the dead nettle and the dandelions in the name of impressing their neighbors? Jennifer Chesak, Twin Cities, "Jennifer Chesak: My dad obsesses over his lawn. I ripped mine up.," 14 June 2019 For wintertime mocktails, Proteau’s Ludlow Red blends blackberry, violet, black pepper, dandelion, and fig vinegar for a dark and silky sip. Rachel King, Fortune, "2020 Could Be the Year the Mocktail Goes Mainstream," 1 Jan. 2020 Dress with pesto made from dandelion greens, garlic and hazelnuts. Lizzie Noonan, Bon Appétit, "How to Make Even the Most Stubborn Winter Vegetables Taste Like Luxury," 16 Dec. 2019

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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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11 Mar 2020

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“Dandelion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dandelion. Accessed 6 Apr. 2020.

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dandelion

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English Language Learners Definition of dandelion

: a very common wild plant that has bright yellow flowers

dandelion

noun
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

dandelion

noun
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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