a shrub or small tree, Quassia amara, of tropical America, having pinnate leaves, showy red flowers, and wood with a bitter taste.: Compare quassia family.
any of several other trees having bitter-tasting wood.
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How to use quassia in a sentence
quassia, kwash′i-a, n. a South American tree, the bitter wood and bark of which are used as a tonic.
From six to eight ounces of the infusion of quassia is then passed, as high up as the catheter will reach.The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.) | Grant Hague
I have tasted rue, I have tasted aloes, I have tasted quassia, and I have nearly died of squills.From Pillar to Post | John Kendrick Bangs
Bitter substances, like commercial aloes and quassia, are useless against rabbits.
His laugh was bitter as quassia; he turned his head toward the sound of the automobile horn that summoned him.A Man's Hearth | Eleanor M. Ingram
British Dictionary definitions for quassia
any tree of the tropical American simaroubaceous genus Quassia, having bitter bark and wood
the bark and wood of Quassia amara and of a related tree, Picrasma excelsa, used in furniture making
a bitter compound extracted from this bark and wood, formerly used as a tonic and anthelmintic, now used in insecticides
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