cassia

noun
cas·​sia | \ˈka-shə \

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

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, "Essential Oils for Beginners: How to Use Them Safely in Your Beauty Routine," 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, "Before and after: A fungus-plagued lawn is transformed into a low-water habitat," 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, "Cinnamon: Pantry staple -- and medical powerhouse?," 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, "Barrel-aged beer battle: Is Goose Island or Revolution Chicago's king?," 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, "A Place Where Congee and Lattes Meet for Breakfast," 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, "Merriam Webster, you took the words right out of our mouths," 2 Oct. 2017 Yeah, the dessert with the flaming bananas. Aged in second-use bourbon barrels, this decadent beer draws on flavors from banana, almond, and cassia bark (essentially cinnamon). Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "People Wait In Looong Lines for This Beer: Goose Island's Bourbon County Stouts for 2017," 12 June 2017 Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout The beer gets banana puree, a hint of banana essence, whole roasted unsalted almonds and cassia bark in a recipe formulated by Quinn Fuechsl, who has brewed at Goose Island for three years. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "Goose Island releasing 7 Bourbon County beers in 2017, the most ever, as brewery regains confidence," 11 June 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cassia.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cassia

Statistics for cassia

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for cassia

The first known use of cassia was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for cassia

cassia

noun
cas·​sia | \ˈkash-ə, esp 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

More from Merriam-Webster on cassia

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about cassia

Comments on cassia

What made you want to look up cassia? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

something that serves to warn or remind

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!