cassia[kas̸h′ə, kas′ē ə]
- 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: ME < L < Gr kasia, kind of cinnamon < Heb qeṣīʼāh, lit., something scraped off
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- 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.