cassia[kas̸h′ə, kas′ē ə]
cassia definition by Webster's New World
- the bark of a tree (Cinnamomum cassia) of the laurel family, native to Southeast Asia: used as the source of a coarse variety of cinnamonin full cassia bark
- this tree
- the bark of a tree (Cinnamomum cassia) of the laurel family, native to Southeast Asia: used as the source of a coarse variety of cinnamon
- any of a genus (Cassia) of herbs, shrubs, and trees of the caesalpinia family, common in tropical countries: the pods of some of these plants have a mildly laxative pulp: from the leaves of others the cathartic drug senna is prepared
- cassia pods
- cassia pulp
Origin: Middle English ; from Classical Latin ; from Classical Greek kasia, kind of cinnamon ; from Classical Hebrew (language) qeṣīʼāh, literally , something scraped off
cassia definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Any of various chiefly tropical or subtropical trees, shrubs, or herbs of the genus Cassia in the pea family, having pinnately compound leaves, usually yellow flowers, and long, flat or cylindrical pods.
- a. A tropical Asian evergreen tree (Cinnamomum cassia) having aromatic bark used as a substitute for cinnamon.b. The bark of this tree.
Origin: Middle English, from Latin, a kind of plant, from Greek kasiā, kassiā, probably of Phoenician origin; akin to Hebrew qəṣīyâ, probably ultimately of Chinese origin.