cassia

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cassia Chinese tree with aromatic bark; yields a less desirable cinnamon than Ceylon cinnamon
    • n Cassia some genus Cassia species often classified as members of the genus Senna or genus Chamaecrista
    • n cassia any of various trees or shrubs of the genus Cassia having pinnately compound leaves and usually yellow flowers followed by long seedpods
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name for Ivory Soap was inspired by a verse from the Bible. Harley Proctor got though of the name when the minister read from Psalms 45:8, "All thy garments smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia, out of the ivory palaces whereby they have made thee glad."
    • Cassia (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.
    • Cassia 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Harley Proctor found the name "Ivory" for his soap in the Bible. He was in church reading the line, "All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad." The original name of the soap was P&G White Soap.
    • n cassia See Cassia.
    • n cassia A very large genus of leguminous herbs, shrubs, and trees, mostly of tropical or warm regions. They have abruptly pinnate leaves, nearly regular flowers, and distinct stamens with the anthers opening by pores. The leaves of several species constitute the well-known cathartic drug called senna. The purging cassia, C. Fistula, an ornamental tree of the old world, but frequently planted in tropical America, has very long cylindrical pods containing a sweetish pulp which is used in medicine as a mild laxative. The seeds of C. occidentalis are used in the tropics as a substitute for coffee,and are known as negro or Mogdad coffee, though they contain no caffein. Some species furnish ornamental woods, and several are in cultivation, many having handsome foliage and conspicuous yellow flowers.
    • n cassia [lowercase] The cinnamon cassia, wild cassia, or cassia-bark. See cassia-lignea.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The flavor we think of as bubblegum is a combination of wintergreen, vanilla and cassia, a form of cinnamon.
    • n Cassia kash′ya a coarser kind of cinnamon—also Cass′ia-bark: the tree which yields the foregoing: a fragrant plant mentioned in Ps. xlv. 8 (Heb. qeçî'ôth, prob. the Ind. orris or costus): a genus of shrubs of the bean family (Leguminosæ), the leaves of several species yielding senna, while the drug known as cassia fistula or purging cassia is derived from the pod of Cassia fistula, the bark of which is used in tanning.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. cassia, and casia, Gr. kassi`a and kasi`a; of Semitic origin; cf. Heb. qetsīāh, fr. qātsa', to cut off, to peel off
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. casia—Gr. kasia—Heb.

Usage

In literature:

They looked up, and there in the cassia-tree was a beautiful young man.
"Tales of Wonder Every Child Should Know" by Various
Dissolve and add oil lemon, oil lavender flowers, each two drams; oil cassia, oil cloves, 1/2 dram each.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
Travelers from Rome to Nepi, then as now, followed the Via Cassia, passing Isola Farnese, Baccano, and Monterosi.
"Lucretia Borgia" by Ferdinand Gregorovius
Who will take cassia when an eye is to be had, or will writhe under a blister when a look will relieve him?
"The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan" by James Morier
It is the cassia of the Bible, one of the spices so frequently referred to in Scripture.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Treasures of the Island" by Roger Thompson Finlay
The cement consists of a mixture of shellac and 10 per cent of oil of cassia.
"On Laboratory Arts" by Richard Threlfall
Among herbs Cassias, which do not occur in Europe, are common.
"The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir" by Sir James McCrone Douie
The air was heavily scented from the burning woods and spices in the brazier, sandal and cinnamon and cassia.
"The Proud Prince" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
Use great care in selecting cinnamon, for very much that is sold is not the true spice, but a cheaper one (cassia) that resembles it.
"Choice Cookery" by Catherine Owen
To 7 pounds melon, 1 quart cider vinegar, 2 ounces cassia buds or stick cinnamon, 1 ounce cloves, 3 pounds granulated sugar.
"The Cookery Blue Book" by Society for Christian Work of the First Unitarian Church, San Francisco, California
Geraniums, and Bovardias, and Azaleas, and Cacti; and Cyclamens; and Cassia and Arbutillon.
"Trading" by Susan Warner
Drop in three or four Cassia buds or pieces of stick cinnamon.
"Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners" by Elizabeth O. Hiller
The Via Cassia, constructed after 187 B.C., passed just below the town.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
Cinnamon was the cassia of the Jews and ancients.
"The Pearl of India" by Maturin M. Ballou
Burn Sandal-wood and Cassia, let the vapor round me wreathe, And mingle with the incense the Lotus blossoms breathe.
"The Galaxy, April, 1877" by Various
In the strips of land by the sea grew balsam and cassia, and another plant most beautiful to the eye.
"The History of Antiquity, Vol. I (of VI)" by Max Duncker
Her lips also were like the honey-comb; her teeth were rows of pearl, and her breath was as sweet smelling incense, and myrrh, and cassia.
"The Three Perils of Man, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by James Hogg
I shall never smell cassia, or clove, or jessamine, but a thought of Kana-ana will be borne upon their breath.
"Summer Cruising in the South Seas" by Charles Warren Stoddard
To this is added cinnamon, cloves, cassia, and a liberal dash of cayenne pepper.
"Pippin; A Wandering Flame" by Laura E. Richards
The Egyptian embalmers relied on the preservative properties of common salt, wine, aromatics, myrrh, cassia, etc.
"An Introduction to the History of Science" by Walter Libby
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In poetry:

“Then, over podded tamarinds bear their flight,
While cassias blossom in the zone of calms,
And so betake them to a south sea-bight,
To gossip in the crowns of cocoa-palms
"Sand Martins" by Jean Ingelow
'Whether to east or westward borne,
(Or flush'd wi' joy, or wae-forlorn)
Ye hail'd the fragrant breath o' morn
Frae orange flower,
Or cassia-bud, or logwood thorn,
Or Guava bower:
"The Scottish Muse" by Hector MacNeill

In news:

The Cassia County Sheriff's Office's has been investigating an incident at the Alpine Garden Motel after two employees went missing.
CASSIA COUNTY — An arrest warrant has been issued for a man wanted for first-degree murder at a Burley motel earlier this year.
41 million bond request is rejected again in Cassia County (Idaho) district.
From The Twin Falls Times-News: Voters in the Cassia County (Idaho) district have again rejected a $41.5 million bond proposal for facility improvements.
Monday night, Sept 4, just before 8:30 pm the Cassia County Sheriff's office received a call of a plane crash in the Dry Creek Canyon.
Sheriff's deputies, Mini- Cassia Search and Rescue, Rock Creek Ambulance and Air St Lukes responded.
Reader Q&A: CurlyNikki On Using Henna and Cassia To Condition Hair.
Essential oils of lavender, citrus fruits, cassia, and nutmeg.
The Cassia County Sheriff's Office's has announced that their investigation into the suspicious incident at the Alpine Garden Motel has now become a Homicide Investigation.
Cassia-derived Polymers for Improved Silicone Deposition in Hair.
The Society uses an algorithm to match teenagers to their future spouses, and the story opens on Cassia's Matching Banquet.
While Cassia is paired with her friend, Xander, she also sees information on the data card about another, Ky, who came from one of the outer provinces to live with his aunt and uncle.
3820 Cassia St Boise, ID 83705 Bench 208-336-7383 www.pdplayhouse.com.
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The Mini-Cassia Shelter "Haven of Hope" is sponsoring the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Fun- Raiser .
Before then, Cassia Martins wants people to know her city so she wrote a novel called Born in Rio.
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