The Latin name Taraxacum originates in medieval Persian writings on pharmacy. In English it’s called dandelion and it is a corruption of the French “dent de lion” meaning "lion's tooth", referring to the coarsely toothed leaves.
In Greek, its seed (and most often the plant itself) is called a “kleftis” meaning "thief" because it is very difficult to catch once airborne.
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