noun \ˈka-shə\

Definition of CASSIA

:  a dried coarse cinnamon bark (as from Cinnamomum cassia)
:  any of a genus (Cassia) of leguminous herbs, shrubs, and trees of warm regions

Origin of CASSIA

Middle English, from Old English, from Latin, from Greek kassia, of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew qĕṣīʽāh cassia
First Known Use: before 12th century


noun \ˈkash-ə, especially 2 ˈkas-ē-ə\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CASSIA

: any of the coarser varieties of cinnamon bark—see chinese cinnamon
capitalized : a genus of leguminous herbs, shrubs, and trees that are native to warm regions and have pinnate leaves and nearly regular flowers—see senna


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Spice, also called Chinese cinnamon, consisting of the aromatic bark of the Cinnamomum cassia plant, of the laurel family. Similar to true cinnamon bark, cassia bark has a more pungent, less delicate flavor and is thicker. It is used as a flavoring in cooking. Whole buds, the dried, unripe fruits of C. cassia and C. loureirii, taste like the bark and are added to foods for flavoring. Confusion sometimes arises with another group of plants because Cassia is the name of an extensive genus of legumes, the source of various medicinal products and of senna leaves.


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