One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A widely distributed weed of the daisy family, with a rosette of leaves, bright yellow flowers followed by globular heads of seeds with downy tufts, and stems containing a milky latex.
Genus Taraxacum, family Compositae: several species, in particular the common T. officinale, which has edible leaves
- ‘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.’
- ‘She was gathering daisies, posies, dandelions, bluebonnets, roses, tulips.’
- ‘The plants sprouting now include grasses, clovers, dandelions, several types of thistle, mustards, and small composites.’
- ‘The seeds grow into new dandelions because everyone blows them.’
- ‘Fennel, dandelions, and chicory are three with beautiful flowers that attract bees and beneficial insects.’
- ‘Control broadleaf weeds such as the dreaded dandelion in early fall when they germinate.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘If you can spare a corner out of the garden limelight, encourage dandelions and clover; these humble plants are attractive nectar sources.’
- ‘Taking herbal remedies such as alfalfa, garlic, aloe vera, dandelion, red clover and psyllium hulls is one method.’
- ‘Lilies, roses, dandelions, tulips, and other flowers surrounded them in this natural blanket.’
- ‘True to Chris's intentions, the two acre garden is fresh with scent and the colours of cowslips and foxgloves, daffodils and dandelions.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In his pasture, edible weeds like dandelion, chicory, quack grass and even stinging nettles are allowed to thrive.’
- ‘There were flowers she recognized, like daisies, dandelions and forget-me-nots.’
- ‘Where there weren't any trees, there were overgrown weeds and brambles and dandelions.’
- ‘There are some plants we would rather did not flourish, such as dandelions or Japanese knotweed.’
- ‘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.’
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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