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Meaning of TRAGACANTH

Pronunciation:  'tragu`kanth

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a gum used in pharmacy, adhesives, and textile printing
 

TRAGACANTH is a 10 letter word that starts with T.

 

 See Also: gum

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Trag"a*canth\, n. [L. tragacanthum tragacanth,
tragacantha the plant producing tragacanth, Gr. ? ? a he-goat
+ ? a thorn: cf. F. tragacanthe.]
A kind of gum procured from a spiny leguminous shrub
({Astragalus gummifer}) of Western Asia, and other species of
Astragalus. It comes in hard whitish or yellowish flakes or
filaments, and is nearly insoluble in water, but slowly
swells into a mucilaginous mass, which is used as a
substitute for gum arabic in medicine and the arts. Called
also {gum tragacanth}.

 

 

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