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sassafras

noun sas·sa·fras \ˈsa-sə-ˌfras\

: 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

Full Definition of SASSAFRAS

1
:  an eastern North American tree (Sassafras albidum) of the laurel family having both ovate and lobed aromatic leaves
2
:  the carcinogenic dried root bark of the sassafras used formerly as a diaphoretic or flavoring agent

Origin of SASSAFRAS

Spanish sasafrás
First Known Use: 1577

sassafras

noun sas·sa·fras \ˈsas-ə-ˌfras\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SASSAFRAS

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