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tragacanth

Syllabification: trag·a·canth
Pronunciation: /ˈtraɡəˌkanTH, ˈtraj-
 
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(also gum tragacanth)

Definition of tragacanth in English:

noun

A white or reddish plant gum used in the food, textile, and pharmaceutical industries.
Example sentences
  • So I find the idea of ‘bleaching’ your skin - using a brew of tragacanth, lavender water, glycerine, boric acid, peroxide and distilled water - pretty scary.
  • Similar vegetable gums, with the same possible adverse effects, are carrageenan, gum tragacanth, and carob or locust bean gum.
  • Some, such as gum arabic and gum tragacanth, are exuded from the gashed bark of trees.

Origin

late 16th century: from French tragacante, via Latin from Greek tragakantha 'goat's thorn', from tragos 'goat' (because it is browsed by goats) + akantha 'thorn' (referring to the shrub's spines).

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