Dandelion is a corruption of the French "dentdelion", meaning lion's tooth
Which plant is named after the French phrase meaning lion's tooth
because of the shape of its leaves?
When pulled from the ground and peeled, the dandelion's root looks like a sharp lion's tooth
The name comes from the French "dent de lion" -- lion's tooth
-- because of its coarse-toothed, long leaves.
A THE common name comes from the Greek word "leontodon", meaning lion's tooth