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cascara

[kas-kair-uh]
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noun
  1. a buckthorn, Rhamnus purshiana, of the Pacific coast of the U.S., having finely toothed leaves and flowers in umbels and yielding cascara sagrada.
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Origin of cascara

1875–80, Americanism; < Spanish cáscara bark, perhaps akin to cascar to crack ≪ Vulgar Latin *quassicāre, equivalent to Latin quass(āre) to shatter (see quash) + -icā- formative v. suffix + -re infinitive ending
Also called cascara buckthorn, bearberry, chittamwood.
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Examples from the Web for cascara

Historical Examples

  • Cascara sagrada, its Mexican name, is often used for this tree.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • "We're having trouble with that last lot of cascara, sir," said he lugubriously.

    The Clarion

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • Unfortunately, after he had taken them, I discovered they contained nothing more exciting than cascara.

    Caught by the Turks

    Francis Yeats-Brown

  • Cascara tablets are generally given in one to ten grain doses.

  • Of the laxative drugs which may be used at such a time, cascara sagrada and senna are among the least harmful.

    The Mother and Her Child

    William S. Sadler


British Dictionary definitions for cascara

cascara

noun
  1. See cascara sagrada
  2. Also called: cascara buckthorn, bearwood a shrub or small tree, Rhamnus purshiana of NW North America, whose bark is a source of cascara sagrada: family Rhamnaceae
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Word Origin

C19: from Spanish: bark, from cascar to break, from Vulgar Latin quassicāre (unattested) to shake violently, shatter, from Latin quassāre to dash to pieces
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