Definition of tragacanth in English:

tragacanth

(also gum tragacanth)

noun

mass noun
  • A white or reddish plant gum, used in the food, textile, and pharmaceutical industries.

    This gum is obtained from plants of the genus Astragalus, family Leguminosae, in particular the Eurasian A. gummifer

    • ‘So I find the idea of ‘bleaching’ your skin - using a brew of tragacanth, lavender water, glycerine, boric acid, peroxide and distilled water - pretty scary.’
    • ‘Similar vegetable gums, with the same possible adverse effects, are carrageenan, gum tragacanth, and carob or locust bean gum.’
    • ‘Some, such as gum arabic and gum tragacanth, are exuded from the gashed bark of trees.’

Origin

Late 16th century: from French tragacante, via Latin from Greek tragakantha ‘goat's thorn’, from tragos ‘goat’ (because it is browsed by goats) + akantha ‘thorn’ (referring to the shrub's spines).

Pronunciation

tragacanth

/ˈtraɡəkanθ/