cascarilla

noun

cas·​ca·​ril·​la ˌka-skə-ˈri-lə How to pronounce cascarilla (audio) -ˈrē-ə How to pronounce cascarilla (audio)
: the aromatic bark of a West Indian shrub (Croton eluteria) of the spurge family used especially for making incense and as a tonic
also : this shrub

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, Seedlip Garden is a spirit of peas, hay, spearmint, rosemary, and thyme, while Seedlip Spice is comprised of allspice, cardamom, oak, lemon, grapefruit, and cascarilla. Corey Seymour, Vogue, 1 June 2018

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Word History

Etymology

Spanish, diminutive of cáscara

First Known Use

1686, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cascarilla was in 1686

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Cite this Entry

“Cascarilla.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cascarilla. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

cascarilla

noun
cas·​ca·​ril·​la ˌkas-kə-ˈril-ə How to pronounce cascarilla (audio) -ˈrē-ə How to pronounce cascarilla (audio)
1
: the aromatic bark of a West Indian shrub (Croton eluteria) used for making incense and as a tonic

called also cascarilla bark

2
: the shrub that yields cascarilla bark
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