- a white or reddish, tasteless and odorless gum, used in pharmacy, calico printing, etc.
- any of various, esp. Asian, plants (genus Astragalus) of the pea family, yielding this gum
Origin of tragacanthFrench tragacanthe from Classical Latin tragacantha from Classical Greek tragakantha from tragos, goat (see tragedy) + akantha, thorn (see acantho-)
- Any of several spiny Asian shrubs of the genus Astragalus of the pea family, especially A. gummifer, of the Middle East, yielding a gum used in pharmaceuticals, adhesives, and textile printing, and as an emulsifier and thickener in foods.
- The gum of any of these plants.
Origin of tragacanthLatin tragacantha from Greek tragakantha tragos goat akantha thorn, spine