Chinese cinnamon

noun

: the dried bark of a southeast Asian tree (Cinnamomum cassia synonym C. aromaticum) that yields a somewhat sweet and spicy variety of cassia sold as cinnamon
also : the powdered spice produced from Chinese cinnamon bark compare ceylon cinnamon, indonesian cinnamon, saigon cinnamon

Word History

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Chinese cinnamon was in 1818

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“Chinese cinnamon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Chinese%20cinnamon. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

Chinese cinnamon

noun

Chi·​nese cinnamon chī-ˌnēz-, -ˌnēs- How to pronounce Chinese cinnamon (audio)
1
: the bark of a southeast Asian tree of the genus Cinnamomum (C. cassia) that is the source of cinnamon oil

called also cassia bark

2
: the tree that yields Chinese cinnamon
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