sassafras

[ sas-uh-fras ]
/ ˈsæs əˌfræs /

noun

an American tree, Sassafras albidum, of the laurel family, having egg-shaped leaves and long clusters of greenish-yellow flowers.
the aromatic bark of its root, used medicinally and especially for flavoring beverages, confectionery, etc.

Origin of sassafras

First recorded in 1570–80, sassafras is from the Spanish word sasafrás
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sassafras

/ (ˈsæsəˌfræs) /

noun

an aromatic deciduous lauraceous tree, Sassafras albidum, of North America, having three-lobed leaves and dark blue fruits
the aromatic dried root bark of this tree, used as a flavouring, and yielding sassafras oil
Australian any of several unrelated trees having a similar fragrant bark

Word Origin for sassafras

C16: from Spanish sasafrás, of uncertain origin
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