tar·​ra·​gon | \ˈter-ə-ˌgän, ˈta-rə- also -gən\

Definition of tarragon 

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

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Roughly chop the tarragon and/or remove thyme leaves from the stem. Jose Cuadros, Philly.com, "Healthy family recipe: Salmon en papillote," 29 June 2018 Dress the greens with the grapefruit-tarragon vinaigrette. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Constantly evolving MilkWood helps shape Louisville's food scene," 19 June 2018 Or if pretending to furniture shop worked up more of an appetite, a bigger plate like a lobster roll served with tarragon tartar sauce and Cape Cod chips ($21) or a trio of chicken, brisket or tofu bao buns ($5 each) should do the trick. Gwendolyn Purdom, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago date idea: 'Window' shopping at 3 Arts Club Cafe then strolling and dinner at The Vig," 13 Apr. 2018 Basil provides sweetness, tarragon has a really essential anise flavor, and parsley gives a little grassiness and makes the dressing super green. Andy Baraghani, Bon Appetit, "Your Tuna Sandwich Has Been Waiting Its Whole Life For Green Goddess Dressing," 28 Feb. 2018 Sprinkle each chicken breast with salt and pepper, along with the tarragon. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "‘Goat’ herb garden always within convenient kitchen reach," 22 June 2018 The chips are delicious homemade fries, and instead of tartar sauce, there's a green goddess dressing, fresh with tarragon and chives, an unusual change of pace that really takes this dish up to another level. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Perch at Blackbird Eatery for Mary Swortwood's latest," 20 June 2018 That said, the outstanding crudos (like scallop with tarragon, pistachio, lemon and bottarga), inventive veggies (like fried cauliflower with ras el hanout, a Moroccan spice blend), and pristinely prepared proteins are all a constant. Sarah Firshein, Town & Country, "The Ultimate Travel Guide to Portland, Maine," 13 Apr. 2017 Top each serving with half a soft egg and a sprinkle of tarragon leaves. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "Celebrate Fourth of July with these Louisville chef throwback recipes," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of tarragon

1538, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tarragon

Middle French targon, from Medieval Latin tarchon, from Middle Greek, from Arabic ṭarkhūn

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English Language Learners Definition of tarragon

: a small European herb that is used to flavor food

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