tragacanth

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek τράγος ‎(trágos, goat) + ἄκᾰνθος ‎(ákanthos, acanthus).

Noun[edit]

tragacanth ‎(plural tragacanths)

  1. a polysaccharide gum, extracted from several species of leguminous plants of the genus Astragalus, used as a food additive
    • 1844, E.A.Poe, Marginalia
      Where what I have to note is too much to be included within the narrow limits of a margin, I commit it to a slip of paper, and deposit it between the leaves; taking care to secure it by an imperceptible portion of gum tragacanth paste.

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