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A Central Asian dandelion (Taraxacum kok-saghyz) having fleshy roots that yield a form of rubber.

[New Latin, specific epithet, from a Turkic source such as Kazakh kök sağız, root latex : kök, root (from Old Turkic) + sağız, gum, resin, latex (from Old Turkic sağız, sakız, gum, resin, sticky substance).]
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Noun1.kok-saghyz - perennial dandelion native to Kazakhstan cultivated for its fleshy roots that have high rubber content
blowball, dandelion - any of several herbs of the genus Taraxacum having long tap roots and deeply notched leaves and bright yellow flowers followed by fluffy seed balls
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Biolatex is produced from the annual rubber plant Taraxacum kok-saghyz (TKS).
This paper highlights morpho-metric and anatomical characteristics of a rare, endangered, endemic species Taraxacum kok-saghyz from Kazakhstan.
Keywords: Taraxacum kok-saghyz, Anatomy, Rare/endemic species, Kazakhstan.
Instead of using rubber trees (Hevea brasiliensis, for those of a botanical bent), the Continental team, working with personnel from the Fraunhofer Institute, are sourcing the latex from a Russian dandelion (Taraxacum kok-saghyz) to make tires.
Not just any dandelion: He was hunting kok-saghyz, a flower much like the common roadside weed that flourishes all over the world.
Two years earlier, an Israeli-Kazakh team had visited the area and concluded that kok-saghyz was worryingly rare.
The Russian dandelion (Taraxacum kok-saghyz) was identified in Kazakhstan in the course of a strategic program in 1931-32 to develop a native source of natural rubber in the USSR (refs.
Specifically, Taraxacum kok-saghyz, commonly known as Russian dandelion, is reported to have 10-20% rabbet content.
kok-saghyz, as a model rubber-producing system, comes into its own.