from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several Eurasian plants of the genus Tragopogon of the composite family, having grasslike leaves and yellow, dandelionlike flower heads, some species of which are widely naturalized in North America.
  • noun Any of several dioecious plants of the genus Aruncus of the rose family, native to northern regions, having pinnately compound leaves and a large panicle of small white flowers.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of goat's-beard.

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  • noun weedy European annual with yellow flowers; naturalized in United States


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  • Tragopogon miscellus and T. mirus, two allopolyploid species of goatsbeard, may have formed as many as 20 and 12 times, respectively, in eastern Washington and adjacent Idaho (USA) in only the past 60 – 70 years; multiple polyploidizations have even occurred within single small towns

    Bradley Monton's Paper criticizing Dover Decision 2009

  • There are dozens of others, such as thistle's starburst, goldenrod's tufts, dogbane, wild artichoke and goatsbeard. 2008

  • He’s the spatton spit, so he is, scaly skin and all, with his blackguarded eye and the goatsbeard in his buttinghole of Shemuel Tulliver, me grandsourd, the old cruxader, when he off with his paudeen!

    Finnegans Wake 2006


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