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  1. Also called cascarilla bark. the bitter, aromatic bark of a West Indian shrub, Croton eluteria, of the spurge family, used as a tonic.
  2. the shrub itself.
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Origin of cascarilla

1870–75; < Spanish, equivalent to cascar(a) bark (see cascara) + -illa < Latin -illa diminutive suffix
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  1. a West Indian euphorbiaceous shrub, Croton eluteria, whose bitter aromatic bark is used as a tonic
  2. the bark of this shrub
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Word Origin

C17: from Spanish, diminutive of cáscara bark; see cascara
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