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sassafras

[ sas-uh-fras ]
/ ˈsæs əˌfræs /
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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.
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Origin of sassafras

First recorded in 1570–80, sassafras is from the Spanish word sasafrás
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British Dictionary definitions for sassafras

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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