tara gumta·ra gum
A gum consisting of high-molecular-weight polysaccharides obtained from the endosperm of Caesalpinia spinosa, a leguminous shrub native to South America. It is used in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics and as a thickener and stabilizer in processed foods.
Origin of tara gumFrom South American Spanish tara the shrub Caesalpinia spinosa from Quechua
(usually uncountable, plural tara gums)
- A white or beige nearly odorless powder used as a thickening agent and stabilizer for food, produced by separating and grinding the endosperm of Caesalpinia spinosa seeds.