Definition of tarragon in English:


Pronunciation /ˈterəɡən/ /ˈtɛrəɡən/

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  • A perennial plant of the daisy family, with narrow aromatic leaves that are used as a culinary herb.

    Artemisia dracunculus, family Compositae

    ‘The aniseed herbs, chervil, tarragon and fennel seem especially appropriate for summer.’
    • ‘We live in an apartment, and although we do grow some things - mint, sage, thyme, tarragon, rosemary - rhubarb is not one of them.’
    • ‘Line the base of the steamer with lettuce leaves and scatter with the basil, tarragon and rosemary.’
    • ‘Flat-leaf parsley, chervil or tarragon all work nicely in there, too.’
    • ‘Harvest culinary and medicinal herbs like lemon balm, mint, French tarragon, summer savory and basil before they go to seed.’
    • ‘The salad garden grows colorful lettuce, basil, tarragon and trellised peas.’
    • ‘I usually have a pot of parsley on the kitchen windowsill, as well as some tarragon and thyme.’
    • ‘A whisper of herbs - rosemary and tarragon - perfume this wine, along with the flavor of melons.’
    • ‘But if you harvest hardy woody perennials such as thyme, savory, and tarragon heavily now, you can weaken the plants.’
    • ‘Choose five of the following fresh herbs: flat-leaf parsley, chives, mint, chervil, basil, dill, tarragon.’
    • ‘Or why not make a large frittata with eggs and ricotta, and spice it up with bacon and a herb such as basil, tarragon or chervil?’
    • ‘The choice of herb tends to be decided by availability but in an ideal world, it would be a mix of flat-leaf parsley, chives and tarragon.’
    • ‘Dill, lemon balm, chives, tarragon are just a few examples.’
    • ‘Chanterelles are also fantastic in risottos and pasta dishes, and marry well with flat-leaf parsley or tarragon.’
    • ‘Also I couldn't find tarragon and chervil, so I just used mesclun salad greens with a bit of edible flowers.’
    • ‘Garden-fresh smells abound, with tarragon, coriander and, you guessed it, Colorado tree moss.’
    • ‘I like mine with tarragon, curry powder and a light dash of hot sauce.’
    • ‘French tarragon and chives in particular benefit from a cool period.’
    • ‘I picked up Thai basil this week which I cannot grow and a couple of French tarragon plants to replace the ones that the slugs had for lunch one day last week.’
    • ‘In a food processor, combine the panko bread crumbs and tarragon leaves and pulse until combined.’


Mid 16th century representing medieval Latin tragonia and tarchon, perhaps from an Arabic alteration of Greek drakōn ‘dragon’ (by association with drakontion ‘dragon arum’).