One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A Eurasian plant of the daisy family, with slender grass-like leaves, yellow flowers that close at about midday, and downy fruits which resemble those of a dandelion.
- ‘This species of goat's beard is a Missouri native plant which occurs in moist woodlands and along bluffs in the central and southeast part of the State.’
- ‘It is a larger relative of the common wild plant goat's beard, T. pratensis.’
- ‘Use dwarf goat's beard in partial shaded rock gardens with hostas, toad lilies, tiarellas, and wildflowers.’
- ‘Where are the hats decorated with the goat's beard?’
- ‘I planted a goat's beard this year under a walnut tree at the back of the garden.’
2A plant of the rose family, with long plumes of white flowers, found in both Eurasia and North America.
Mid 16th century: translating Greek tragopōgon or Latin Barba Capri.
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