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dandelion

[Eng. form of Fr.,=lion's tooth], any plant of the genus Taraxacum of the family Asteraceae (asteraster
[Gr.,=star], common name for the Asteraceae (Compositae), the aster family, in North America, name for plants of the genus Aster, sometimes called wild asters, and for a related plant more correctly called China aster (Callistephus chinensis
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 family), perennial herbs of wide distribution in temperate regions. The dandelion has a rosette of deep-toothed leaves (the name is usually attributed to this) and a bright yellow flower followed in fruit by a round head of white down, an adaptation for wind distribution of the seedlike fruits. The common dandelion (T. officinale) is native to Europe but widely naturalized. Although it is considered in the N United States chiefly as a lawn pest because of the easily dispersed seeds and the deep root, it is also cultivated both for medicine and for food. The young leaves resemble chicory and are used for salad greens and as a potherb, especially in Europe. The roots may be roasted and used as a coffee substitute. The flower heads are utilized for dandelion wine and are good forage for bees. In medicine the roots have been dried and used chiefly as a bitter tonic and laxative. The Russian dandelion (T. kok-saghyz) has been cultivated for the milky juice typical of the genus, as a source of rubber. Dandelions are classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Asterales, family Asteraceae.

dandelion

traditional symbol of flirtation. [Flower Symbolism: Jobes, 413]

dandelion

symbol of grief. [Flower Symbolism: Jobes, 413]
See: Grief

dandelion

1. a plant, Taraxacum officinale, native to Europe and Asia and naturalized as a weed in North America, having yellow rayed flowers and deeply notched basal leaves, which are used for salad or wine: family Asteraceae (composites)
2. any of several similar related plants
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Twig Easy Summer Tomato, Dandelion Salad (Serves four) Ingredients: Salad: 1/2 medium leek, cut in half and sliced thin (white part only) 2 tbs light vinegar or lemon juice (apple cider, rice, or white wine) 1 cup hot water 2 large, red ripe tomatoes 3 cups chopped young dandelion greens 2 tbs fresh basil cut into large pieces Dressing: 1 1/2 tbs fresh lemon juice 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp coarse cracked black pepper Extra virgin olive oil to taste * optional: 1 oz crumpled goat cheese Instructions: Thinly slice leek and place in a small bowl.