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[kohlts-foo t] /ˈkoʊltsˌfʊt/
noun, plural coltsfoots.
a composite plant, Tussilago farfara, having yellow, daisylike flowers, native to the Old World but widespread as a weed, formerly used as a cough remedy.
Origin of coltsfoot
1545-55; colt + ’s1 + foot, so called from the shape of the leaves Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • Hannibal disappeared under the leaves of the coltsfoot on the ground.

  • coltsfoot, too, was but a penny to the stick and pleased the palate.

    Chimney-Pot Papers Charles S. Brooks
  • At first sight, the coltsfoot might be mistaken for a small dandelion.

  • One of the most interesting of the early spring flowers is the coltsfoot.

    The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot
  • Some of the worst weeds to get out are Goutweed and coltsfoot.

    Wood and Garden Gertrude Jekyll
  • Some of those new people are presentable, but she isn't; and coltsfoot is so good-looking and so young.

  • The arbutus and the dicentra appeared on the 10th, and the coltsfoot—which, however, is an importation—about the same time.

    A Year in the Fields John Burroughs
  • Upon these banks the first coltsfoot flowers in March, the first convolvulus in summer, and almost the last hawkweed in autumn.

    The Toilers of the Field Richard Jefferies
  • The caterpillar feeds on the flower stalks of the coltsfoot during March and April.

    Butterflies and Moths

    William S. Furneaux
  • The leaves of coltsfoot and of other plants have often been used as a substitute for tobacco in modern days.

British Dictionary definitions for coltsfoot


noun (pl) -foots
a European plant, Tussilago farfara, with yellow daisy-like flowers and heart-shaped leaves: a common weed: family Asteraceae (composites)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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