quassia

noun
quas·​sia | \ ˈkwä-shə How to pronounce quassia (audio) \
plural quassias

Definition of quassia

: a drug from the heartwood and bark of various tropical trees of the ailanthus family used especially as a bitter tonic and remedy for roundworms in children and as an insecticide

First Known Use of quassia

1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quassia

New Latin, genus name of a South American tree, from Quassi 18th century enslaved Surinam man who discovered the medicinal value of quassia

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The first known use of quassia was in 1828

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18 May 2021

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“Quassia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quassia. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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quassia

noun
quas·​sia | \ ˈkwäsh-(ē-)ə How to pronounce quassia (audio) , ˈkwäs-ē-ə How to pronounce quassia (audio) \

Medical Definition of quassia

1 capitalized : a genus of shrubs and trees (family Simaroubaceae) with clusters of scarlet flowers — compare simarouba
2 : a drug derived from the heartwood and bark of various tropical trees (family Simaroubaceae) and used especially as a bitter tonic and remedy for roundworms in children and as an insecticide

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