tar·​ra·​gon | \ ˈter-ə-ˌgän How to pronounce tarragon (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web Loose little islands of tangy buttermilk float on the surface; a spoon pulls up an emulsion of carrots cooked in brown butter, as well as hints of garlic and tarragon. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "In Dublin, Chapter One begins and ends with pampering," 20 Nov. 2019 Remove from oven, discard thyme and bay leaves, and sprinkle with fresh tarragon. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Coq au Vin Rosé," 21 Dec. 2019 Cashews, which blend to a satinlike finish, paired beautifully with the parsley and tarragon of a classic green goddess dressing to take on a salty-sweet flavor that’s all about the herb. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Holy guacamole are avocados expensive! Here are 4 other green dips," 24 July 2019 At the restaurant, Williamson says, the kitchen often swaps in a mix of parsley, tarragon and dill for cilantro. Becky Krystal, Twin Cities, "How to manage — or even conquer — hatred of cilantro," 9 July 2019 The most versatile include parsley, cilantro, mint, basil, dill, tarragon, chives, with less familiar members including chervil, lemon verbena and lovage, among others. Martha Holmberg, The Denver Post, "How to push fresh herbs beyond the garnish: Use with abundance and abandon," 15 July 2019 The hanger steak was charred and cooked to order, coins of shallot tarragon butter keeping things juicy. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Lackluster food falls short at this established French restaurant on Louisville's East End," 27 Nov. 2019 On this day in August, delicate Bavarian prawns were a recent catch, and served with watermelon cubes, skyr (a type of Icelandic yogurt), a lightly herbal sauce and tarragon cress. Liza Weis, chicagotribune.com, "In Munich, a tasty turn from beers and brats," 24 Sep. 2019 Herb notes such as tarragon and curveball ingredients such as saffron amped the creamy-brothy soup up even more. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Walleye chowder: discovering it’s a thing along the Gunflint," 23 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of tarragon was in 1538

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4 Feb 2020

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“Tarragon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tarragon. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tarragon

: a small European herb that is used to flavor food

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