Chinese cinnamon


: 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

Examples of Chinese cinnamon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sweet spices — maybe Chinese cinnamon? Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2021 Other Cinnamomum species that are cultivated for commercial purposes are C. burmannii (Indonesian cinnamon), C. loureiroi (Saigon cinnamon or Vietnamese cinnamon), and C. cassia (Cassia or Chinese cinnamon) [1]. Alice Chi Phung, Discover Magazine, 27 May 2014

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

Chinese cinnamon

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

called also cassia bark

: the tree that yields Chinese cinnamon
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