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noun pl. colts·foots
- A low perennial Eurasian herb (Tussilago farfara) in the composite family, naturalized in parts of North America and having dandelionlike flower heads and large, hoof-shaped basal leaves.
- The dried leaves or flower heads of this plant, long used in herbal medicine to treat coughs.
- See galax.
Origin: From the shape of its leaves.