Definition of spotted cat's ear in US English:

spotted cat's ear

(also spotted cat's ears)


  • A perennial herbaceous plant of north temperate Eurasia, Hypochaeris maculata (family Asteraceae), having yellow flowers on tall stalks above a basal rosette of leaves bearing dark patches.


Late 18th century; earliest use found in William Withering (1741–1799), physician and botanist.