One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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
- ‘I planted a goat's beard this year under a walnut tree at the back of the garden.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Use dwarf goat's beard in partial shaded rock gardens with hostas, toad lilies, tiarellas, and wildflowers.’
- ‘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.
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