Definition of goat's-beard in US English:


(also goatsbeard)


  • 1A plant of the daisy family, with slender grasslike leaves, yellow flowers that typically close at about midday, and downy fruits that resemble those of a dandelion. Native to Eurasia, it has become established in eastern North America.

    Tragopogon pratensis, family Compositae

    • ‘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?’
    • ‘It is a larger relative of the common wild plant goat's beard, T. pratensis.’
    • ‘I planted a goat's beard this year under a walnut tree at the back of the garden.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2A plant of the rose family, with long plumes of white flowers, found in both Eurasia and North America.

    Aruncus vulgaris, family Rosaceae


Mid 16th century: translating Greek tragopōgon or Latin Barba Capri.