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Coltsfoot   /kˈoʊltsfˌʊt/   Listen

Tufted evergreen perennial herb having spikes of tiny white flowers and glossy green round to heart-shaped leaves that become coppery to maroon or purplish in fall.  Synonyms: beetleweed, galax, Galax urceolata, galaxy, wandflower.
Perennial herb with large rounded leaves resembling a colt's foot and yellow flowers appearing before the leaves do; native to Europe but now nearly cosmopolitan; used medicinally especially formerly.  Synonym: Tussilago farfara.

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"Coltsfoot" Quotes from Famous Books

... The sea served base uses here, for the dust and dirt of many a cottage was daily cast into the lap of the great scavenger who carried all away. The low cliffs were indeed spattered with filth, and the coltsfoot, already opening yellow blossoms below, found itself rudely saluted with cinders and potato-peelings, fishes' entrails, ...
— Lying Prophets • Eden Phillpotts

... there was no glass. Altogether, the cabin was not very inferior to their old home; but, instead of the soft green turf and the fragrant air of the hills, they were surrounded by barren cinder-heaps, upon which nothing would grow but the yellow coltsfoot and a few weeds, and the wind was blowing clouds of smoke from the limekilns over and round the dismal cabin. Stephen, with the profound silence that began to frighten Martha, made every arrangement he could think of for their comfort during the quickly-approaching night; and ...
— Fern's Hollow • Hesba Stretton

Words linked to "Coltsfoot" :   genus Tussilago, genus Galax, Tussilago, herbaceous plant, herb, wandflower

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