tarragon
noun Etymology: Middle French targon, from Medieval Latin tarchon, from Middle Greek, from Arabic ṭarkhūn Date: 1538 a small widely cultivated perennial artemisia (Artemisia dracunculus) having aromatic narrow usually entire leaves; also its leaves used as a seasoning

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  • Tarragon — Tar ra*gon, n. [Sp. taragona, Ar. tarkh?n; perhaps fr. Gr. ? a dragon, or L. draco; cf. L. dracunculus tarragon. Cf. {Dragon}.] (Bot.) A plant of the genus {Artemisa} ({Artemisa dracunculus}), much used in France for flavoring vinegar. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tarragon — 1530s, from M.L. tragonia, from Byzantine Gk. tarchon, from Arabic tarkhon, from a non Arabic source, perhaps Gk. drakon (from drakontion dragonwort ). Eastern European plant of the wormwood genus (Artemisia Dracunculus), whose aromatic leaves… …   Etymology dictionary

  • tarragon — ► NOUN ▪ a plant with narrow aromatic leaves, used as a herb in cooking. ORIGIN from Latin tragonia and tarchon, perhaps ultimately from Greek drak n dragon …   English terms dictionary

  • tarragon — [tar′ə gän΄] n. [Sp taragona < Ar ṭarkhūn < ? Gr drakōn, DRAGON] 1. an Old World wormwood (Artemisia dracunculus) whose fragrant leaves are used for seasoning, esp. in vinegar 2. the leaves of this plant …   English World dictionary

  • Tarragon — Dragon s wort redirects here. For other uses, see Dragonwort (disambiguation). This article is about the perennial herb. For the 1999 power metal album, see Taragon. For the Canadian theatre company, see Tarragon Theatre. Tarragon Scientific… …   Wikipedia

  • tarragon — /tar euh gon , geuhn/, n. 1. an Old World plant, Artemisia dracunculus, having aromatic leaves used for seasoning. 2. the leaves themselves. Also called estragon. [1530 40; earlier taragon < MF targon, var. of tarc(h)on < ML < MGk tarchón < Ar… …   Universalium

  • tarragon — vaistinis kietis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Astrinių šeimos prieskoninis, vaistinis augalas (Artemisia dracunculus), paplitęs Europos rytuose, Azijoje, Šiaurės Amerikoje. Naudojamas maisto priedams (kvėpikliams) gaminti. atitikmenys:… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • tarragon — tar|ra|gon [ˈtærəgən] n [U] [Date: 1500 1600; : Old French; Origin: targon, from Arabic tarkhun] the leaves of a small European plant, used in cooking to give food a special taste ▪ chicken with tarragon …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tarragon — tar|ra|gon [ terəgən ] noun uncount the leaves of a small plant that are added to food to give it a special flavor. Tarragon is an herb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tarragon — [[t]tæ̱rəgɒn[/t]] N UNCOUNT Tarragon is a small European herb with narrow leaves which are used to add flavour to food …   English dictionary

  • tarragon — noun (U) the leaves of a small European plant used as a herb: chicken with tarragon …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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