[ gohts-beerd ]
/ ˈgoʊtsˌbɪərd /


any of several composite plants of the genus Tragopogon, especially T. pratensis, having yellow flower heads.
a plant, Aruncus dioicus, of the rose family, having pinnate leaves and long, slender spikes of small white flowers.

Words nearby goatsbeard

Origin of goatsbeard

1570–80; goat + -'s1 + beard
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Examples from the Web for goatsbeard

  • The name “Goatsbeard” refer to the clusters of stiff hairy fruits.

  • The Goatsbeard or Salsify bears large purple flower-heads with yellow centers at the tips of stiff, straight stems, 2-4 ft. tall.

  • The flowers of the Goatsbeard have the curious habit of closing at midday, even when the sun is shining.

  • Drooping hemlocks, festooned with goatsbeard lichen, keep the spot in cool, somber gloom even on the hottest midday.

    Glacier National Park [Montana]|United States Dept. of the Interior

British Dictionary definitions for goatsbeard



/ (ˈɡəʊtsˌbɪəd) /


Also called: Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon a Eurasian plant, Tragopogon pratensis, with woolly stems and large heads of yellow rayed flowers surrounded by large green bracts: family Asteraceae (composites)
an American rosaceous plant, Aruncus sylvester, with long spikes of small white flowers
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