• WordNet 3.6
    • n dandelion any of several herbs of the genus Taraxacum having long tap roots and deeply notched leaves and bright yellow flowers followed by fluffy seed balls
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Eating dandelions can make you urinate more
    • n Dandelion (Bot) A well-known plant of the genus Taraxacum Taraxacum officinale, formerly called Taraxacum Dens-leonis and Leontodos Taraxacum) bearing large, yellow, compound flowers, and deeply notched leaves.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Dandelion root can be roasted and ground as a coffee substitute
    • n dandelion A well-known plant, Taraxacum officinale, natural order Compositæ, having a naked fistulous scape with one large bright-yellow flower, and a tapering, milky, perennial root. It is found under several forms over the whole of Europe, central and northern Asia, and North America. The root has been used as a substitute for coffee. It acts as an aperient and tonic, and is esteemed in affections of the liver. The seed of the plant is furnished with a white pappus, and is transported far and wide by the wind. The flowers open in the morning between 5 and 6 o'clock, and close between 8 and 9 in the evening; hence this was one of the plants chosen by Linnæus for his floral clock.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is against the law in Pueblo, Colorado, to raise or permit a dandelion to grow within the city limits.
    • n Dandelion dan-de-lī′un a common plant with a yellow flower, its leaves with jagged tooth-like edges.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. dent de lion, lion's tooth, fr. L. dens, tooth + leo, lion. See Tooth (n.), and Lion
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. dent de lion, tooth of the lion.


In literature:

Its head is like that of the dandelion, and children blow it to see what's o'clock in the same way.
"The Toilers of the Field" by Richard Jefferies
Read "The Oak," "The Dandelion," and "Al Fresco.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
We strolled, hand in hand with the Precious Ones, over sweet meadows, gathering dandelions and listening to the birds.
"The Van Dwellers" by Albert Bigelow Paine
In England the order is very familiar, as it contains three of our commonest kinds, the Daisy, the Dandelion, and the Groundsel.
"The plant-lore and garden-craft of Shakespeare" by Henry Nicholson Ellacombe
The buttercups and dandelions craned themselves forward to peep.
"Harper's Young People, March 23, 1880" by Various
The Dandelion's and Thistle's seeds have flying-hairs or parachutes and are blown about by the wind.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Dandelion, road-sides, fields; everywhere.
"Harper's Young People, April 13, 1880" by Various
First she filled both hands with dandelions.
"Five Mice in a Mouse-trap" by Laura E. Richards
My dear Mercedes, you could have knocked me down with a dandelion seed!
"The Lightning Conductor Discovers America" by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
Dandelion and Child, 421.
"Harper's Young People, 1880 Index" by Various

In poetry:

Through what fierce incarnations, furled
In fire and darkness, did I go,
Ere I was worthy in the world
To see a dandelion grow?
"The Beatific Vision" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
They cannot guess, could not be told
How soon comes careless day,
With birds and dandelion gold,
Wet grass, cool scents of May.
"Thunder At Night" by Robert Graves
Grass begins to grow,
Dandelions come;
Snowdrops haste to go
After last month's snow;
Rough winds beat and blow,
Blossom on the plum.
"March" by Nora Jane Hopper Chesson
In the meadow-grass
The innocent white daisies blow,
The dandelion plume doth pass
Vaguely to and fro, -
The unquiet spirit of a flower
That hath too brief an hour.
"Harvest" by Ellen Mackay Hutchinson Cortissoz
I sang for delight in the ripening of spring,
For dandelions even were suns come to earth;
Not a moment went by but a new lark took wing
To wait on the season with melody's mirth.
"The Child's Grave" by Edmund Blunden
Now, Main Street bordered with autumn leaves, it was a pleasant thing,
And its gutters were gay with dandelions early in the Spring;
I like to think of it white with frost or dusty in the heat,
Because I think it is humaner than any other street.
"Main Street" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer

In news:

Then I started to think that Schultize was finding the dandelions before me.
Schultzie has not been trained to find dandelions .
Sunset and Dandelion Fluff Click to enlarge.
My father used to pay me a penny for every dandelion that I dug up out of his lawn.
In France this simple, nutritious soup is made with wild greens that you might forage on an afternoon's walk, such as nettles, watercress and dandelion greens.
Dandelion Directed by Mark Milgard International Film Circuit Landmark Sunshine, opens October 7.
Master Gardner Beckett Howorth III makes an argument for making the dandelion a part of your garden.
MARQUETTE, MI – ( Great Lakes Radio News ) – Lake Superior Theatre and the Marquette Regional History Center have teamed up to offer a return engagement of Behind the Dandelions.
White bean and shrimp stew with dandelion greens.
Dandelion Greens with Toasted Garlic & Almonds .
Tasty Dandelion Greens Salads For Spring.
The Peter White Public Library Book Group will meet at 7 pm Dec 4 in the Dandelion Cottage Room at the library to discuss Nella Larsen's "Passing," written in 1929.
2.5 oz (71 g) fresh dandelion leaves,* chopped.
Dandelion Cottage tour makes history come alive .
0Marquette Regional History Center celebrates Dandelion Cottage Month with a special tour of the historic building.