- 1513, from M.Fr. dent de lion, lit. "lion's tooth" (from its toothed leaves), transl. of M.L. dens leonis. 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 M.E. piss-a-bed and Fr. pissenlit.
The German word is literally "lion's teeth" ~ Löwenzahn.
In other news - my sister and I had fun shopping at "Books and More" today where we found lots of local goodies, plus some nice fair trade ones. (and some others, including furry animal puppets). It really is a nice store to have in town!
After our house guests leave I know I will be very busy...there is still some school work to finish up (the administrative kind, aka "boring but somewhat important") and then I simply must turn all my attention back to the revision of the article that I need to send out to a new journal very soon. It is not going to be easy in the beginning, but I hope it will become slightly easier once I have started and know what I am doing.