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coltsfoot

[ kohlts-foot ]

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.


coltsfoot

/ ˈkəʊltsˌfʊt /

noun

  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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Word History and Origins

Origin of coltsfoot1

1545–55; colt + ’s 1 + foot, so called from the shape of the leaves
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Example Sentences

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

One of the most interesting of the early spring flowers is the Coltsfoot.

Exactly the same may be observed with the Dandelion, which is, indeed, still more sensitive than the Coltsfoot.

Badhamia not only flourishes on dead wood, but one species is found on the fading leaves of coltsfoot which are still green.

Next season Coltsfoot, willow-herb, Oxyria, and two grasses had planted themselves.

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