from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An aromatic Eurasian herb (Artemisia dracunculus) having linear to lance-shaped leaves and small, whitish-green flower heads arranged in loose, spreading panicles.
  • n. The leaves of this plant used as a seasoning.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A perennial herb, the wormwood species Artemisia dracunculus, from Europe and parts of Asia.
  • n. The leaves of this plant (either fresh, or preserved in vinegar / oil mixture) used as a seasoning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant of the genus Artemisa (Artemisa dracunculus), much used in France for flavoring vinegar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A composite plant, Artemisia Dracunculus, native in Russia and temperate Asia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. aromatic perennial of southeastern Russia
  • n. fresh leaves (or leaves preserved in vinegar) used as seasoning


New Latin tarchon, from Medieval Greek tarkhōn, from Arabic ṭarḫūn, perhaps from Greek drakōn, dragon, tarragon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French targon, from Medieval Latin, from Arabic طرخون (Tarkhuun) (Wiktionary)


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