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


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.

Origin of cassia

before 1000; Middle English cas(s)ia, Old English < Latin < Greek kas(s)ía < Semitic; compare Hebrew qəṣīʿāh Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cassia


/ (ˈkæsɪə) /


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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