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English Dictionary: cassia by the DICT Development Group
3 results for cassia
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. any of various trees or shrubs of the genus Cassia having pinnately compound leaves and usually yellow flowers followed by long seedpods
  2. some genus Cassia species often classified as members of the genus Senna or genus Chamaecrista
    Synonym(s): genus Cassia, Cassia
  3. Chinese tree with aromatic bark; yields a less desirable cinnamon than Ceylon cinnamon
    Synonym(s): cassia, cassia-bark tree, Cinnamomum cassia
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Cassia \Cas"sia\, n. [L. cassia and casia, Gr. [?] and [?]; of
      Semitic origin; cf. Heb. qets[c6][be]h, fr. q[be]tsa' to cut
      off, to peel off.]
      1. (Bot.) A genus of leguminous plants (herbs, shrubs, or
            trees) of many species, most of which have purgative
            qualities. The leaves of several species furnish the senna
            used in medicine.
      2. The bark of several species of {Cinnamomum} grown in
            China, etc.; Chinese cinnamon. It is imported as {cassia},
            but commonly sold as cinnamon, from which it differs more
            or less in strength and flavor, and the amount of outer
            bark attached.
      Note: The medicinal [bd]cassia[b8] (Cassia pulp) is the
               laxative pulp of the pods of a leguminous tree ({Cassia
               fistula} or Pudding-pipe tree), native in the East
               Indies but naturalized in various tropical countries.
      {Cassia bark}, the bark of {Cinnamomum cassia}, etc. The
            coarser kinds are called {Cassia lignea}, and are often
            used to adulterate true cinnamon.
      {Cassia buds}, the dried flower buds of several species of
            cinnamon ({Cinnamomum cassia}, atc..).
      {Cassia oil}, oil extracted from cassia bark and cassia buds;
            -- called also {oil of cinnamon}.

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
      (1.) Hebrew _kiddah'_, i.e., "split." One of the principal
      spices of the holy anointing oil (Ex. 30:24), and an article of
      commerce (Ezek. 27:19). It is the inner bark of a tree
      resembling the cinnamon (q.v.), the Cinnamomum cassia of
      botanists, and was probably imported from India.
         (2.) Hebrew pl. _ketzi'oth_ (Ps. 45:8). Mentioned in
      connection with myrrh and aloes as being used to scent garments.
      It was probably prepared from the peeled bark, as the Hebrew
      word suggests, of some kind of cinnamon.
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