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1. (Plants) 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)
2. (Pharmacology) the dried root of the dandelion, used as a laxative, diuretic, and tonic
[C18: from Medieval Latin, from Arabic tarakhshaqūn wild chicory, perhaps of Persian origin]
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|Noun||1.||Taraxacum - an asterid dicot genus of the family Compositae including dandelions|
asterid dicot genus - genus of more or less advanced dicotyledonous herbs and some trees and shrubs
aster family, Asteraceae, Compositae, family Asteraceae, family Compositae - plants with heads composed of many florets: aster; daisy; dandelion; goldenrod; marigold; lettuces; ragweed; sunflower; thistle; zinnia
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