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[kash-uh, kas-ee-uh]
  1. Also called cassia bark, Chinese cinnamon. a variety of cinnamon derived from the cassia-bark tree.
  2. any of numerous plants, trees, and shrubs belonging to the genus Cassia, of the legume family, several species of which yield medicinal products.
  3. Also called cassia pods. the pods of Cassia fistulosa, a tree widely cultivated as an ornamental.
  4. 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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Historical Examples of cassia

  • It is embalmed and kept sweet by the myrrh and cassia of many tears.

    De Profundis

    Oscar Wilde

  • The cement consists of a mixture of shellac and 10 per cent of oil of cassia.

    On Laboratory Arts

    Richard Threlfall

  • These they must keep off from their eyes, and so cut the cassia.

  • Cassia was not large, but she had a good deal of action, and was the Doctor's show-horse.

    Elsie Venner

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • Cassia is thicker in the roll, a dull brown, and if a piece is broken is like a piece of wood.

    Choice Cookery

    Catherine Owen

British Dictionary definitions for cassia


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


cinnamon-like plant, late Old English, from Latin cassia, from Greek kasia, from Hebrew q'tsi-ah "cassia," from qatsa "to cut off, strip off bark."

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