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tarragon

Syllabification: tar·ra·gon
Pronunciation: /ˈterəɡən
 
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Definition of tarragon in English:

noun

A perennial plant of the daisy family, with narrow aromatic leaves that are used as a culinary herb.
  • Artemisia dracunculus, family Compositae
Example sentences
  • The aniseed herbs, chervil, tarragon and fennel seem especially appropriate for summer.
  • We live in an apartment, and although we do grow some things - mint, sage, thyme, tarragon, rosemary - rhubarb is not one of them.
  • Line the base of the steamer with lettuce leaves and scatter with the basil, tarragon and rosemary.

Origin

mid 16th century: representing medieval Latin tragonia and tarchon, perhaps from an Arabic alteration of Greek drakōn 'dragon' (by association with drakontion 'green dragon').

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