cassia

[ kash-uh, kas-ee-uh ]
/ ˈkæʃ ə, ˈkæs i ə /

noun

Also called cassia bark, Chinese cinnamon. a variety of cinnamon derived from the cassia-bark tree.
any of numerous plants, trees, and shrubs belonging to the genus Cassia, of the legume family, several species of which yield medicinal products.
Also called cassia pods . the pods of Cassia fistulosa, a tree widely cultivated as an ornamental.
Also called cassia pulp . the pulp of these pods, used medicinally and as a flavoring.

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Origin of cassia

before 1000; Middle English cas(s)ia,Old English <Latin <Greek kas(s)ía<Semitic; compare Hebrew qəṣīʿāh
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British Dictionary definitions for cassia

cassia
/ (ˈkæsɪə) /

noun

any plant of the mainly tropical leguminous genus Cassia, esp C. fistula, whose pods yield cassia pulp, a mild laxativeSee also senna
a lauraceous tree, Cinnamomum cassia, of tropical Asia
cassia bark the cinnamon-like bark of this tree, used as a spice

Word Origin for cassia

Old English, from Latin casia, from Greek kasia, of Semitic origin; related to Hebrew qesī `āh cassia
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