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Etymology of tarragon, estragon (Fr)

Posted by Johannes on 22 December 2012

Tarragon (estragon) is a plant whose aromatic leaves are used for flavoring. The word comes from the Byzantine* Greek tarchon. from the Arabictarhun, from the Greek drakontion (dragonwort), from the Greek drakon(dragon, snake).


French: estragon
Spanish: taragona
Italian: targone
Greek: estrago[Gr: εστραγκόν; loanword, reborrowing]

* The term Byzantine Empire is falsely used by some to describe the Roman Empire from the 4th to 15th century.

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