Definition of sassafras in English:

sassafras

Syllabification: sas·sa·fras
Pronunciation: /ˈsas(ə)ˌfras
 
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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
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.1An extract of the leaves or bark of the sassafras, used medicinally or in perfumery.
More example sentences
  • 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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