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Quassia

Quassia Meaning & Definition
Quassia Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Quassia?

[n] handsome South American shrub or small tree having bright scarlet flowers and yielding a valuable fine-grained yellowish wood; yields the bitter drug quassia from its wood and bark
[n] a bitter compound used as an insecticide and tonic and vermifuge; extracted from the wood and bark of trees of the genera Quassia and Picrasma

Synonyms | Synonyms for Quassia: bitterwood | Quassia amara

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See Also | bitterwood tree | genus Quassia | Jamaica quassia | organic compound

Quassia In Webster's Dictionary

\Quas"si*a\, n. [NL. From the name of a negro, Quassy, or Quash, who prescribed this article as a specific.] The wood of several tropical American trees of the order {Simarube[ae]}, as {Quassia amara}, {Picr[ae]na excelsa}, and {Simaruba amara}. It is intensely bitter, and is used in medicine and sometimes as a substitute for hops in making beer.

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