noun \ˈter-ə-ˌgän, ˈta-rə- also -gən\

: a small European herb that is used to flavor food

Full Definition of TARRAGON

:  a small widely cultivated perennial artemisia (Artemisia dracunculus) having aromatic narrow usually entire leaves; also :  its leaves used as a seasoning

Origin of TARRAGON

Middle French targon, from Medieval Latin tarchon, from Middle Greek, from Arabic ṭarkhūn
First Known Use: 1538

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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Bushy aromatic herb (Artemisia dracunculus) of the aster family (Asteraceae), the dried leaves and flowering tops of which are used to add tang to many culinary dishes. Tarragon is a common ingredient in seasoning blends, such as fines herbes. The fresh leaves are used in salads, and vinegar in which fresh tarragon has been steeped is a distinctive condiment. The plant is probably native to Siberia; a French variety is cultivated in Europe and North America.


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