One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘The other name, the common French pissenlit and its English local equivalent ‘pissabed’ refer to the diuretic properties attributed to dandelion root.’
- ‘Another common English name for the weed is pissabed, from the Dutch.’
Late 16th century: from the verb piss (because of its diuretic properties) + abed, suggested by the French name for the dandelion, pissenlit.
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