tarragon

[ tar-uh-gon, -guhn ]
/ ˈtær əˌgɒn, -gən /

noun

an Old World plant, Artemisia dracunculus, having aromatic leaves used for seasoning.
the leaves themselves.

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Also called estragon.

Origin of tarragon

1530–40; earlier taragon<Middle French targon, variant of tarc(h)on<Medieval Latin <Medieval Greek tarchṓn<Arabic ṭarkhūn<Greek drákōn literally, dragon; compare Latin dracunculus tarragon
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British Dictionary definitions for tarragon

tarragon
/ (ˈtærəɡən) /

noun

an aromatic perennial plant, Artemisia dracunculus, of the Old World, having whitish flowers and small toothed leaves, which are used as seasoning: family Asteraceae (composites)
the leaves of this plant
Also called: estragon

Word Origin for tarragon

C16: from Old French targon, from Medieval Latin tarcon, from Arabic tarkhūn, perhaps from Greek drakontion adderwort
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