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sassafras

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noun sas·sa·fras \ˈsa-sə-ˌfras\

Simple Definition of sassafras

  • : a tall tree of eastern North America

  • : the dried bark from the root of the sassafras that is used in medicine and as a flavoring

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sassafras

  1. 1 :  an eastern North American tree (Sassafras albidum) of the laurel family having both ovate and lobed aromatic leaves

  2. 2 :  the carcinogenic dried root bark of the sassafras used formerly as a diaphoretic or flavoring agent


SASSAFRAS Defined for Kids

sassafras

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noun sas·sa·fras \ˈsa-sə-ˌfras\

Definition of sassafras for Students

  1. :  a tall tree of eastern North America whose dried root bark was formerly used in medicine or as a flavoring




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sassafras

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noun sas·sa·fras \ˈsas-ə-ˌfras\

Medical Definition of sassafras

  1. 1:  a tall eastern North American tree (Sassafras albidum) of the laurel family (Lauraceae) with mucilaginous twigs and leaves

  2. 2:  the dried root bark of the sassafras formerly used as a diaphoretic and flavoring agent but now prohibited for use as a flavoring or food additive because of its carcinogenic properties




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