Dictionary.com

tragacanth

[ trag-uh-kanth, traj- ]
/ ˈtræg əˌkænθ, ˈtrædʒ- /
Save This Word!

noun
a gummy substance derived from various low, spiny, Asian shrubs belonging to the genus Astragalus, of the legume family, especially A. gummifer: used to impart firmness to pills and lozenges, stiffen calicoes, etc.
QUIZ
SHALL WE PLAY A "SHALL" VS. "SHOULD" CHALLENGE?
Should you take this quiz on “shall” versus “should”? It should prove to be a quick challenge!
Question 1 of 6
Which form is used to state an obligation or duty someone has?
Also called gum tragacanth.

Origin of tragacanth

1565–75; <Latin tragacantha goat's thorn <Greek tragákantha, equivalent to trág(os) goat + ákantha thorn. Cf. tragedy, acantho-
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use tragacanth in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for tragacanth

tragacanth
/ (ˈtræɡəˌkænθ) /

noun
any of various spiny leguminous plants of the genus Astragalus, esp A. gummifer, of Asia, having clusters of white, yellow, or purple flowers, and yielding a substance that is made into a gum
the gum obtained from any of these plants, used in the manufacture of pills and lozenges, etc

Word Origin for tragacanth

C16: from French tragacante, from Latin tragacantha goat's thorn, from Greek tragakantha, from tragos goat + akantha thorn
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK