cassia

noun
cas·​sia | \ ˈka-shə How to pronounce cassia (audio) \

Definition of cassia

1 or less commonly cassia cinnamon : the dried, aromatic bark of several tropical trees (genus Cinnamomum) that yields a reddish brown to dark brown spice sold as and used similarly to true cinnamon but having a usually stronger, more spicy character also : the powdered spice produced from cassia bark — see indonesian cinnamon
2 : any of a genus (Cassia) of leguminous herbs, shrubs, and trees of warm regions : senna

Examples of cassia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Additional notes of carob, chicory, black pepper, Chinese star anise, cloves, and cassia oil round out this flavorful, warm cuppa. Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, 10 Nov. 2019 As punishment he is sentenced for eternity to chop down the cassia trees that grow on the moon. Shannon Stirone, New York Times, 9 July 2019 Shah says oils like cinnamon, clove, lemongrass, cassia, black pepper, and wintergreen can be irritating and recommends always using proper dilution and doing a skin patch test first. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, 7 May 2018 Fortnight lilies and kangaroo paw add height, while dwarf rosemary, feathery cassia, dwarf bottlebrush, sun-loving gaura, red fountain grass and other miscellaneous grasses add texture. Lisa Boone, latimes.com, 13 Mar. 2018 Stockert co-authored a small study of 18 people with type 2 diabetes that showed the cassia species of cinnamon was more effective than diet alone in lowering blood glucose levels. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 8 Mar. 2018 For Goose Island, the choice was obvious: Proprietor’s, which is meant to evoke bananas Foster with the addition of banana puree, banana essence, roasted almonds and cassia bark. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, 8 Feb. 2018 Another version comes pooled in maple cassia syrup and blanketed with granola made with pepitas and sunflower seeds. Amanda Shapiro, Bon Appetit, 6 Feb. 2017 Saigon cinnamon: Dried, aromatic bark of a Vietnamese tree (Cinnamomum loureirii) that yields a sweet and spicy cassia sold as cinnamon. charlotteobserver, 2 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of cassia

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cassia

Middle English, from Old English, from Latin, from Greek kassia, of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew qĕṣīʽāh cassia

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“Cassia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cassia. Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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cassia

noun
cas·​sia | \ ˈkash-ə, especially sense 2 ˈkas-ē-ə \

Medical Definition of cassia

1 : the dried, aromatic bark of several tropical trees of the genus Cinnamomum (such as Chinese cinnamon) that yields a reddish brown to dark brown spice sold as and used similarly to true cinnamon but having a usually stronger, more spicy character also : the powdered spice produced from cassia bark
2 capitalized : a genus of leguminous herbs, shrubs, and trees that are native to warm regions and have pinnate leaves and nearly regular flowers — see senna

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