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Related to tara gum: guar gum
A gum consisting of high-molecular-weight polysaccharides obtained from the endosperm of Caesalpinia spinosa, a leguminous shrub native to South America. It is used in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics and as a thickener and stabilizer in processed foods.
[From South American Spanish tara, the shrub Caesalpinia spinosa, from Quechua.]
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