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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

TRAG'ACANTH, n. [L. tragacanthum; Gr. a goat, and thorn.]
1. Goat's thorn; a plant of the genus Astragalus, of several species, growing in Syria, Candia, etc. almost all of which were included by Linne in the tragacanthas, and all of which produce the gum tragacanth.
2. A gum obtained from the goat's thorn. It comes in small contorted pieces resembling worms. It is of different colors; that which is white, clear, smooth and vermicular, is the best. It is somewhat soft to the touch, but only imperfectly soluble. It is softening, and used in coughs and catarrhs.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a gum used in pharmacy, adhesives, and textile printing

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle French tragacanthe, from Latin tragacantha, from Greek tragakantha, from tragos goat + akantha thorn Date: 1573 a gum obtained from various Asian or East European plants (genus Astragalus and especially A. gummifer) of the legume family that swells in water and is used chiefly as an emulsifying, suspending, or thickening agent

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. a white or reddish gum from a plant, Astragalus gummifer, used in pharmacy, calico-printing, etc., as a vehicle for drugs, dye, etc. Etymology: F tragacante f. L tragacantha f. Gk tragakantha, name of a shrub, f. tragos goat + akantha thorn

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Tragacanth 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Dracanth Dra"canth, n. A kind of gum; -- called also gum tragacanth, or tragacanth. See Tragacanth.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

trag'-a-kanth: For "spicery" in Ge 37:25, the Revised Version margin gives "gum tragacanth or storax."

See SPICE; STORAX.



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