sassafras tree

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sassafras tree yellowwood tree with brittle wood and aromatic leaves and bark; source of sassafras oil; widely distributed in eastern North America
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Usage

In literature:

Now clapboards and sassafras, pitch, tar, and pine trees for masts, were making no fortune for Virginia shippers.
"Pioneers of the Old South" by Mary Johnston
The people on the frontier drank tea made from the root of the sassafras tree or from the leaves of some wild vines.
"Stories of American Life and Adventure" by Edward Eggleston
The trees yielding common camphor and borneol are from genera of the lauraceae family; also sassafras camphor is from the same family.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 623, December 10, 1887" by Various
Pretty as a sassafras tree in October!
"A Dream of Empire" by William Henry Venable
We tapped the maple tree for sugar, and drank our sassafras tea with relish.
"The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson" by Nellie Van de Grift Sanchez
On every side are worn-out fields on which sassafras soon gets a hold, followed by pine and other trees.
"The Negro Farmer" by Carl Kelsey
The country was full of color; the sassafras and gum trees and oaks were all ablaze with red and yellow.
"The Life of Nancy" by Sarah Orne Jewett
THE sassafras is an aromatic tree, usually not over 40 feet in height or a foot in diameter in Illinois.
"Forest Trees of Illinois" by Fuller George D.
Midsummer is the time to hunt for "mittens" and to note how many different forms of leaves belong on the same sassafras tree.
"Trees Worth Knowing" by Julia Ellen Rogers
I saw the bones hanging in the sassafras tree more than two months afterwards, and the last time that I was ever in these swamps.
"Fifty Years in Chains" by Charles Ball
Sassafras trees were lemon-yellow or wine-red.
"Everyday Adventures" by Samuel Scoville
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In news:

We own a house on the Sassafras River and this beautiful Eagle was fishing from our tree along the water.
So are the many other understory trees native to our woodlands, including serviceberry, wild plum, redbud, hawthorn, wahoo, and sassafras.
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