One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The plant Microseris scapigera (family Asteraceae (Compositae)), having a yellow flower resembling a dandelion; the edible tuberous root of this plant.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Bent's News (Hobart). From Wathawurung and Wuywurung (southern Victoria), probably mirnaŋ.
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