sassafras

noun sas·sa·fras \ ˈsa-sə-ˌfras \

Definition of sassafras

1 : an eastern North American tree (Sassafras albidum) of the laurel family having both ovate and lobed aromatic leaves
2 : the carcinogenic dried root bark of the sassafras used formerly as a diaphoretic or flavoring agent

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Origin and Etymology of sassafras

Spanish sasafrás


SASSAFRAS Defined for English Language Learners

sassafras

noun

Definition of sassafras for English Language Learners

  • : a tall tree of eastern North America

  • : the dried bark from the root of the sassafras that is used in medicine and as a flavoring


SASSAFRAS Defined for Kids

sassafras

noun sas·sa·fras \ ˈsa-sə-ˌfras \

Definition of sassafras for Students

: a tall tree of eastern North America whose dried root bark was formerly used in medicine or as a flavoring

Medical Dictionary

sassafras

noun sas·sa·fras \ ˈsas-ə-ˌfras \

medical Definition of sassafras

1 : a tall eastern North American tree (Sassafras albidum) of the laurel family (Lauraceae) with mucilaginous twigs and leaves
2 : the dried root bark of the sassafras formerly used as a diaphoretic and flavoring agent but now prohibited for use as a flavoring or food additive because of its carcinogenic properties


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