- Also called cascarilla bark. the bitter, aromatic bark of a West Indian shrub, Croton eluteria, of the spurge family, used as a tonic.
- the shrub itself.
Origin of cascarilla
1870–75; < Spanish, equivalent to cascar(a) bark (see cascara) + -illa < Latin -illa diminutive suffix
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Take of Peruvian bark, six drachms; Cascarilla bark, two drachms.Mrs. Hale's Receipts for the Million
Sarah Josepha Hale
By moistening ordinary cigars with a strong tincture of cascarilla, to which a little gum benzoin and storax may be added.
By simply inserting very small shreds of cascarilla bark between the leaves of the cigar or in small slits made for the purpose.
The chief aromatic barks comprise the cinnamon, cassia lignea, cascarilla, and canella alba.The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom
P. L. Simmonds
During the day she plasters her delicate skin with 'cascarilla:' a chalky composition of powdered egg-shell and rum.The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba
- a West Indian euphorbiaceous shrub, Croton eluteria, whose bitter aromatic bark is used as a tonic
- the bark of this shrub
C17: from Spanish, diminutive of cáscara bark; see cascara
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