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A dandelion in flower
A seeding dandelion

Etymology Edit

From Middle English dentdelyon, from Old French dent de lion (lion's tooth), also in Latin dēns leōnis, referring to the jagged shape of the plant's leaves. The term has since died out in French (except in Swiss French, perhaps surviving there under the influence of German Löwenzahn with the same literal meaning), but compare Spanish diente de león, Portuguese dente-de-leão, Italian dente di leone, German Löwenzahn, Norwegian Bokmål løvetann, Welsh dant y llew, all descendants, calques, or loan translations of the Latin term.

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  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈdæn.dɪˌlaɪ.ən/, /ˈdæn.dəˌlaɪ.ən/
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dandelion (countable and uncountable, plural dandelions)

  1. (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 officinale).
  2. (countable) The flower head or fruiting head of the dandelion plant.
  3. (uncountable) A yellow colour, like that of the flower.

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dandelion (not comparable)

  1. Of a yellow colour, like that of the flower.

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