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[ka-sees; French ka-sees] /kæˈsis; French kaˈsis/
(italics) French.
  1. a black currant.
  2. a brandy distilled from black currants.
Origin of cassis
From French Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The entire account of this cassis was interpolated by Linnus in the pages of his amanuensis.

  • I never so much as looked on them as men—not in that way, for a cassis woman, m'sieu.

    "Fin Tireur" Robert Hichens
  • Before we left, we were compelled to accept a thimbleful of cassis, most delectable, and to promise to return very soon.

    A Top-Floor Idyl George van Schaick
  • Strange to say nobody has ever started a cassis still on this side.

    Cakes & Ale Edward Spencer
  • Specimens of the Strombus, cassis, and Fasciolaria were occasionally used.

  • Larousses dictionary says that good liqueurs were made at cassis in Provence.

    Origin of Cultivated Plants Alphonse De Candolle
  • This genus is distinguished from cassis by the outer lip, which is not reflected.

    A Conchological Manual George Brettingham Sowerby
  • Take it to cassis, to Arles, to Avignon—where you will—and leave it there.

  • After dinner, when the coffee and cassis had been drunk, Madame Regnier invited Stella to play to them.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 Compton Mackenzie
  • He who has seen Paris, and has not seen cassis, may say, "I have seen nothing."

    Frdric Mistral Charles Alfred Downer
British Dictionary definitions for cassis


a blackcurrant cordial
Word Origin
C19: from French
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cassis

black currant liquor, 1907, from French cassis (16c.) "black currant," apparently from Latin cassia (see cassia). The modern liqueur dates from mid-19c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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