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A widely distributed yellow-flowered weed of the daisy family. The name (recorded from late Middle English) comes from French dent-de-lion, translation of medieval Latin dens lionis ‘lion's tooth’, because of the jagged shape of the leaves.

dandelion clock the downy spherical seed head of a dandelion, from the child's game of blowing away the seeds to find out what time it is.

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