- any of various spiny leguminous plants of the genus Astragalus, esp A. gummifer, of Asia, having clusters of white, yellow, or purple flowers, and yielding a substance that is made into a gum
- the gum obtained from any of these plants, used in the manufacture of pills and lozenges, etc
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trag•a•canth (trag′ə kanth′, traj′-),USA pronunciation n.
- a gummy substance derived from various low, spiny, Asian shrubs belonging to the genus Astragalus, of the legume family, esp. A. gummifer: used to impart firmness to pills and lozenges, stiffen calicoes, etc. Also called gum tragacanth.
- Greek tragákantha, equivalent. to trág(os) goat + ákantha thorn. Cf. tragedy, acantho-
- Latin tragacantha goat's thorn
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tragacanth /ˈtræɡəˌkænθ/ n
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