May 18, 2013

childhood friend

what is not to love with the dandelion?

early 15c., earlier dent-de-lioun (late 14c.), 
from Middle French dent de lion
literally "lion's tooth" (from its toothed leaves), 

Other folk names, like tell-time refer to the custom of telling the time 
by blowing the white seed (the number of puffs 
required to blow them all off supposedly being the number of the hour),
 or to the plant's more authentic diuretic qualities, 
preserved in Middle English
 piss-a-bed and French pissenlit.