Sassafras meaning

săsə-frăs
A small E North American tree (Sassafras albidum) of the laurel family, having an aromatic bark, leaves with usually two or three fingerlike lobes, and small, bluish fruits.
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A deciduous eastern North American tree (Sassafras albidum) having irregularly lobed leaves and aromatic bark, leaves, and roots.
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The dried root bark of this plant, used as a source of safrole and formerly as a flavoring.
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The dried root bark of this tree, used as a flavoring agent and yielding safrole.
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(countable) A tree of species Sassafras albidum of the eastern United States and Asia having mitten-shaped leaves and red, aromatic heartwood.
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(countable) A tree of any species in the genus Sassafras.
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(uncountable) The bark of the root of this plant, used for medicinal and (mostly historically) culinary purposes and formerly a main ingredient in root beer.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Lauraceae "” the sassafras tree.
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Origin of sassafras

  • Spanish sasafrás from Late Latin saxifragia kind of herb variant of (herba) saxifraga saxifrage saxifrage

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

  • New Latin, from Spanish sasafras, possibly from Latin saxifragus (“stone-breaking") from the habit of certain unrelated plants growing in cracks in boulders.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Spanish sasafras, possibly from Latin saxifragus (“stone-breaking") from the habit of certain plants growing in cracks in boulders.

    From Wiktionary