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.
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How to use taraxacum in a sentence
Good extract of taraxacum should be wholly soluble in water.
First, every one knows taraxacum or dandelion; invalids know crust-coffee, and many with indignation know burnt peas.
taraxacum, tar-aks′a-kum, n. the root of the dandelion, a tonic laxative in diseases of the liver.
I was suffering at this time from liver complaint, p. 182and had on my shelf a concoction of taraxacum and podophyllin.Eighteen Months' Imprisonment | Donald Shaw
taraxacum Dens-leonis (common dandelion), Smith's, 1853; only there.The Maine Woods | Henry David Thoreau
British Dictionary definitions for taraxacum
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
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