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coltsfoot

[kohlts-foo t]
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noun, plural colts·foots.
  1. 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.
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Origin of coltsfoot

1545–55; colt + ’s1 + foot, so called from the shape of the leaves
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Examples from the Web for coltsfoot

Historical Examples

  • Hannibal disappeared under the leaves of the coltsfoot on the ground.

    The Adventures of Maya the Bee

    Waldemar Bonsels

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for coltsfoot

coltsfoot

noun plural -foots
  1. a European plant, Tussilago farfara, with yellow daisy-like flowers and heart-shaped leaves: a common weed: family Asteraceae (composites)
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