Definition of tagetes in English:



  • A plant of the genus "Tagetes" in the daisy family, especially (in gardening) an African or French marigold.

    • ‘Plant tagetes as a pest-deterrent around your vegetable crops.’
    • ‘African and French marigolds - tagetes - are also edible, the flowers and leaves providing a touch of lemon to savoury dishes.’
    • ‘I presume that you wish to grow saffron for household culinary use and, if this is the case, may I suggest that you substitute either calendula petals or those of tagetes when cooking.’
    • ‘Applications for tagetes include coloring for pastas, vegetable oils, margarine, mayonnaise, salad dressings, baked goods, confectionery, dairy products, ice cream, yogurts, citrus juices and mustard.’
    • ‘This page contains information on tagetes and how it is used as a herb in alternative herbal treatments to treat ailments and problems, such as fungal infections and to deter insects and act as an insecticide.’


Modern Latin, from Latin Tages, the name of an Etruscan god.