cassia

noun cas·sia \ ˈka-shə \
Updated on: 26 Dec 2017

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

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Origin and Etymology of cassia

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


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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

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