• WordNet 3.6
    • n Bassia summer cypress
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bassia A genus of tropical trees found in the East Indies and Africa, natural order Sapotaceæ. Several species are valuable for the oil yielded by the seeds and for their fleshy flowers, which are largely used as food in central India, and yield a coarse spirit by distillation. The mahwa-tree, B. latifolia, is cultivated throughout India for these purposes. The mee or illupi, B. longifolia, is a large evergreen tree of India. B. butyracea yields a solid white oil known as fulwa-butter. The bark, leaves, and oil of these trees are used in rheumatic and cutaneous diseases and the timber is hard and very durable.
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In literature:

A tree, Bassia latifolia, the fleshy flower is eaten and spirit is distilled from it.
"Folklore of the Santal Parganas" by Cecil Henry Bompas
At the bed of the torrent 4,000 feet, Bassia.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
It is supposed to be the produce of the tallow tree of Java, called locally "kawan," probably a species of Bassia.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
There I beheld those chastisers of foes, exhilarated with Bassia wine, their bodies adorned with garlands of flowers.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
I was next employed in collecting the fruit of a species of bassia, or what I should call a butter tree.
"Mark Seaworth" by William H.G. Kingston
BASSIA, a genus of tropical trees found in the East Indies and Australia, nat.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3" by Various