cassia

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cassia \Cas"sia\ (k[a^]sh"[.a]), noun [L. cassia and casia, Gr. kassi'a and kasi'a; of Semitic origin; cf. Heb. qets[imac][=a]h, fr. q[=a]tsa' to cut off, to peel off.]

1. (Bot.) A genus of leguminous plants (herbs, shrubs, or trees) of many species, most of which have purgative qualities. The leaves of several species furnish the senna used in medicine.

2. The bark of several species of {Cinnamomum} grown in China, etc.; Chinese cinnamon. It is imported as {cassia}, but commonly sold as cinnamon, from which it differs more or less in strength and flavor, and the amount of outer bark attached.

Note: The medicinal "cassia" (Cassia pulp) is the laxative pulp of the pods of a leguminous tree ({Cassia fistula} or Pudding-pipe tree), native in the East Indies but naturalized in various tropical countries.

{Cassia bark}, the bark of {Cinnamomum cassia}, etc. The coarser kinds are called {Cassia lignea}, and are often used to adulterate true cinnamon.

{Cassia buds}, the dried flower buds of several species of cinnamon ({Cinnamomum cassia}, atc..).

{Cassia oil}, oil extracted from cassia bark and cassia buds; -- called also {oil of cinnamon}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

cassia

noun

1: any of various trees or shrubs of the genus Cassia having pinnately compound leaves and usually yellow flowers followed by long seedpods

2: some genus Cassia species often classified as members of the genus Senna or genus Chamaecrista [syn: {genus Cassia}, {Cassia}]

3: Chinese tree with aromatic bark; yields a less desirable cinnamon than Ceylon cinnamon [syn: {cassia}, {cassia-bark tree}, {Cinnamomum cassia}]


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