One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A widely distributed weed of the daisy family, with a rosette of leaves and large bright yellow flowers followed by globular heads of seeds with downy tufts.
Genus Taraxacum, family Compositae: several species, in particular T. officinale, which has edible leaves
- ‘Where there weren't any trees, there were overgrown weeds and brambles and dandelions.’
- ‘Her feet dragged along the packed dirt roads; bright yellow dandelions, crimson roses, all waved at her as she walked by.’
- ‘Carlson also wages a summer-long battle with dandelions and red clover that he can only eradicate by hand.’
- ‘The seeds grow into new dandelions because everyone blows them.’
- ‘One of the most enchanting sights of the English countryside is seeing a field of dandelions in seed, wafted by a gust of wind sending myriads of them into the air, as thick as smoke.’
- ‘Taking herbal remedies such as alfalfa, garlic, aloe vera, dandelion, red clover and psyllium hulls is one method.’
- ‘The people in charge of arranging such operations know full well that dandelions come into flower at much the same time as our daffodils and then take over as the daffodils fade away.’
- ‘Ground ivy and poison ivy grow in shade, while dead nettle, dandelions, and clover thrive in fertile soil.’
- ‘Tough, old dandelions and some other weeds at times require two treatments.’
- ‘There were flowers she recognized, like daisies, dandelions and forget-me-nots.’
- ‘She was gathering daisies, posies, dandelions, bluebonnets, roses, tulips.’
- ‘True to Chris's intentions, the two acre garden is fresh with scent and the colours of cowslips and foxgloves, daffodils and dandelions.’
- ‘Control broadleaf weeds such as the dreaded dandelion in early fall when they germinate.’
- ‘In his pasture, edible weeds like dandelion, chicory, quack grass and even stinging nettles are allowed to thrive.’
- ‘You can hang pots on the walls, grow plants in old paint tubs and watch the daisies and dandelions sprout between the paving slabs of the front path.’
- ‘Lilies, roses, dandelions, tulips, and other flowers surrounded them in this natural blanket.’
- ‘Fennel, dandelions, and chicory are three with beautiful flowers that attract bees and beneficial insects.’
- ‘The plants sprouting now include grasses, clovers, dandelions, several types of thistle, mustards, and small composites.’
- ‘If you can spare a corner out of the garden limelight, encourage dandelions and clover; these humble plants are attractive nectar sources.’
- ‘There are some plants we would rather did not flourish, such as dandelions or Japanese knotweed.’
Late Middle English: from French dent-de-lion, translation of medieval Latin dens leonis ‘lion's tooth’ (because of the jagged shape of the leaves).
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