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).
Greek: estragon [Gr: εστραγκόν; loanword, reborrowing]
* The term Byzantine Empire is falsely used by some to describe the Roman Empire from the 4th to 15th century.