Definition of sassafras in English:

sassafras

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Pronunciation: /ˈsasəfras
 
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noun

  • 1A deciduous North American tree with aromatic leaves and bark. The leaves are infused to make tea or ground into filé.
    • Sassafras albidum, family Lauraceae
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    • Rich hardwoods of myrtle, blackwood, sassafras and Huon pine mingle with common eucalypts.
    • The mitten-shaped foliage you sent appears to be that of a sassafras, a small to medium tree with fruit that turns deep blue and is carried on a bright red stalk.
    • The dogwood, oak, chestnut, pine, red maple, black locust, sassafras, hickory, willow, cottonwood, and redbud dotted the landscape.
  • 1.1 [mass noun] An extract of the leaves or bark of the sassafras, used medicinally or in perfumery.
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    • Some traditional herbal products display known toxicities (e.g., calamus, comfrey, and sassafras all have been shown to have carcinogenic actions).
    • Wormood, pennyroyal, onion, camphor, horseradish, wintergreen, rue, bitter almond and sassafras are some of the essential oils that should only be used by qualified aromatherapy practitioners, if ever at all.

Origin

late 16th century: from Spanish sasafrás, based on Latin saxifraga 'saxifrage'.

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