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tragacanth Line breaks: traga|canth
Pronunciation: /ˈtraɡəkanθ/
(also gum tragacanth)

Definition of tragacanth in English:


[mass noun]
A white or reddish plant gum, used in the food, textile, and pharmaceutical industries.
  • This gum is obtained from plants of the genus Astragalus, family Leguminosae, in particular the Eurasian A. gummifer
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.


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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