- the dried roots of any of several composite plants of the genus Taraxacum, as the dandelion, T. officinale or T. laevigatum, used in medicine in powdered or fluidextract form chiefly as a tonic and aperient.
Origin of taraxacum
Examples from the Web for taraxacum
Historical Examples of taraxacum
Taraxacum Dens-leonis (common dandelion), Smith's, 1853; only there.The Maine Woods
Henry David Thoreau
There are several kinds of Taraxacum, natives of the northern hemisphere and southern South America.Field Book of Western Wild Flowers
The common dandelion, Taraxacum, sometimes offers an illustration of this, and also the daisy (Bellis).Vegetable Teratology
Maxwell T. Masters
It feeds on the roots of the dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), and changes to a peculiar spiny chrysalis.Butterflies and Moths
William S. Furneaux
Twice these piles consisted of from 50 to 70 seeds of the common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale).
- any perennial plant of the genus Taraxacum, such as the dandelion, having dense heads of small yellow flowers and seeds with a feathery attachment: family Asteraceae (composites)
- the dried root of the dandelion, used as a laxative, diuretic, and tonic