Origin of dandelionMiddle English dentdelyon from Old French dent de lion, literally , tooth of the lion from Classical Latin dens (gen. dentis), tooth + de, of + leo, lion: so called from the jagged leaves
A field of dandelions.
A weed with bright yellow flowers that turn into white tufts that children blow into the wind and make a wish upon is an example of adandelion.
- Any of various perennial plants of the genus Taraxacum of the composite family, having many-rayed yellow flower heads and deeply notched basal leaves, especially T. officinale, native to Eurasia and naturalized as a weed in North America, having edible leaves and flower heads that can be used to make wine.
- A brilliant to vivid yellow.
Origin of dandelionMiddle English dent-de-lioun from Old French dentdelion from Medieval Latin dēns leōnis lion's tooth (from its sharply indented leaves) Latin dēns dent- tooth ; see dent- in Indo-European roots.Latin leōnis genitive of leō lion ; see lion.
(countable and uncountable, plural dandelions)
- (countable) Any of the several species of plant in the genus Taraxacum, characterised yellow flower heads and notched, broad-ended leaves, especially the common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale).
- (countable) The flower head or fruiting head of the dandelion plant.
- (uncountable) A yellow colour, like that of the flower.
- Of a yellow colour, like that of the flower.
From French dent-de-lion (“lion's tooth”), also in Late Latin dēns leōnis. The term has since died out in French (except in Swiss French), but compare Spanish diente de león, Italian dente di leone, Norwegian løvetann, Portuguese dente-de-leão, and also German Löwenzahn, all having the same literal meaning.
- Its leathery dark green leaves are shaped like those of a Dandelion, and arranged in a rosette, and the flowers are glowing scarlet, 4 inches across, borne singly on tall bare stems.
- Also in the fifties, Bradbury published Dandelion Wine (1957), a novel that is neither science fiction, fantasy nor mystery, but simply a strangely beautiful remembrance of life in a small Illinois town.
- Several herbs, including chamomile (Matricaria recutita), dandelion (Taraxacum mongolicum), and burdock (Arctium lappa), act as bitters, stimulating the movement of the digestive and excretory systems.
- Herbal supplements that benefit individuals who have iron deficiency anemia include alfalfa, burdock root, dandelion, dong quai, mullein, nettle, raspberry leaf, shepherd's purse, and yellow dock.
- It is a hardy Italian annual, bearing pretty pink flowers about the size and form of the Dandelion, and should be sown in spring or autumn like other hardy annuals in any ordinary garden soil.