Cassia Definition

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.
Webster's New World
This tree.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World
The bark of this tree, often ground and used as a spice. It is the chief source of cinnamon in the United States.
American Heritage Medicine
Cassia pods.
Webster's New World
  • genus Cassia
  • Cinnamomum cassia
  • cassia-bark tree

A taxonomic genus within the family Fabaceae — the cassia trees.


Other Word Forms of Cassia


cassi, cassias

Origin of Cassia

  • Middle English from Latin casia, cassia aromatic tree of the genus Cinnamomum from Greek kasiā, kassiā probably of Phoenician origin Hebrew qəṭīyâ tree of the genus Cinnamomum yielding a spice inferior to cinnamon probably ultimately of Chinese origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin cassia ("cinnamon")

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin cassia (“cinnamon”)

    From Wiktionary

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