cassia

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noun cas·sia \ˈka-shə\

Definition of cassia

  1. 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. 2 :  any of a genus (Cassia) of leguminous herbs, shrubs, and trees of warm regions :  senna

Origin and Etymology of cassia

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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cassia

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

Medical Definition of cassia

  1. 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. 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

  3. 3:  cassia fistula


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