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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In another starter, a small pile of spaghetti squash was given some flavor with a spinach-tarragon sauce. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Muse in Mount Lookout: Fresh, healthy and not quite enough," 9 Feb. 2018 Add cream cheese, stirring to melt, then fold in peas, lemon zest, Parmesan and tarragon. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Creamy Lemon Pasta with Chicken and Peas," 17 Aug. 2018 Fresh garden herbs like mint, oregano, and tarragon make everything taste even more fragrant and fresh, a squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of deliciously peppery extra virgin olive oil from my husband’s estate in Sicily is all that is needed. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "How to Throw an End of Summer Garden Party, From London’s Favorite Eat-In Flower Shop," 3 Aug. 2018 Blanch mint, basil and tarragon in boiling salted water for 10 seconds, then immediately plunge into an ice bath. Sarah Fritsche, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Baby Iceberg Wedge Salad With Chilled Shrimp, Mint & Green Goddess," 3 July 2018 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

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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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