gum tragacanth

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(ˈtræg əˌkænθ, ˈtrædʒ-)

a gum of various Asian shrubs belonging to the genus Astragalus, of the legume family, used as a filler, as in pills, and to stiffen calico.
[1565–75; < Latin tragacantha goat's thorn < Greek tragákantha=trág(os) goat + ákantha thorn]
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Texture of low-fat Iranian white cheese as influenced by gum tragacanth as a fat replacer.
Amiryousefi, "Physicochemical Properties of Bell Pepper and Kinetics of Its Color Change Influenced by Aloe vera and Gum Tragacanth Coatings during Storage at Different Temperatures," Journal of Food Processing and Preservation, vol.
Mastic gum, carrageenan, xanthan gum, guar gum, gum tragacanth, locust bean gum, and [beta]-glucan were purchased from Sigma Aldrich (Saint Louis, MO, USA).