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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for cassis
Historical Examples
  • I never so much as looked on them as men—not in that way, for a cassis woman, m'sieu.

    "Fin Tireur" Robert Hichens
  • There'd been claims of revolt on cassis, but he hadn't been suspicious then.

    Talents, Incorporated William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • These shell-cameos are made from the genus cassis, the helmet shells.

  • This genus is distinguished from cassis by the outer lip, which is not reflected.

    A Conchological Manual George Brettingham Sowerby
  • Strange to say nobody has ever started a cassis still on this side.

    Cakes & Ale Edward Spencer
  • Larousses dictionary says that good liqueurs were made at cassis in Provence.

    Origin of Cultivated Plants Alphonse De Candolle
  • Take it to cassis, to Arles, to Avignon—where you will—and leave it there.

  • He who has seen Paris, and has not seen cassis, may say, "I have seen nothing."

    Frdric Mistral Charles Alfred Downer
  • That is a name they have given me, because when they drag me into a wineshop it is cassis I always take.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • A few days ago the black-currant-trees were being stripped for the benefit of Parisian lovers of cassis, a liqueur in high repute.

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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