From French dent-de-lion (“lion's tooth”), also in Late Latin dēns leōnis. The term has since died out in French (except in Swiss French), but compare Spanish diente de león, Portuguese dente-de-leão, Italian dente di leone, German Löwenzahn, Norwegian Bokmål løvetann, all descendants or loan translations of the Latin term.
- (countable) Any of the several species of plant in the genus Taraxacum, characterised by yellow flower heads and notched, broad-ended leaves, especially the common dandelion (Taraxacum campylodes (syn. Taraxacum officinale)).
- (countable) The flower head or fruiting head of the dandelion plant.
- (uncountable) A yellow colour, like that of the flower.
- dandelion colour:
- Taraxacum albidum, a white-flowering Japanese dandelion.
- Taraxacum californicum, the endangered California dandelion.
- Taraxacum japonicum, Japanese dandelion. No ring of smallish, downward-turned leaves under the flowerhead.
- Taraxacum kok-saghyz, Russian dandelion, which produces rubber.
- Taraxacum laevigatum, red-seeded dandelion; achenes reddish brown and leaves deeply cut throughout length. Inner bracts' tips are hooded.
- Taraxacum officinale (syn. Taraxacum officinale subsp. vulgare), common dandelion. Found in many forms.
dandelion (not comparable)
- Of a yellow colour, like that of the flower.