• Sassafras
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sassafras dried root bark of the sassafras tree
    • n sassafras yellowwood tree with brittle wood and aromatic leaves and bark; source of sassafras oil; widely distributed in eastern North America
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sassafras (Bot) An American tree of the Laurel family (Sassafras officinale); also, the bark of the roots, which has an aromatic smell and taste.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sassafras A tree, the only species of the genus Sassafras. It is common in eastern North America, in the south taking possession, along with the persimmon, of abandoned fields. It reaches a height of about 45 feet. Its wood is light and soft, coarsegrained, not strong, but very durable in contact with the soil, used for fencing, in cooperage, etc. The root, especially its bark, enters into commerce as a powerful aromatic stimulant, and is much used in flavoring and scenting, an oil being distilled in large quantities for the latter purposes. The bark is officinal, as also the pith, which affords a mucilaginous application and a drink. An early name in England was ague-tree.
    • n sassafras [capitalized] [NL. (C. G. Nees, 1836).] A genus of apetalous trees of the order Laurineæ and tribe Litseaceæ, characterized by an umbel-like inflorescence of diœcious flowers in loose and short racemes from terminal buds, and produced around the base of the new growth of the season. The flowers have a six-lobed perianth and nine stamens in three rows, with their anthers introrsely four-celled, the third row of filaments each with a stalked gland at the base. The only species, S. officinale, is a native of the United States, especially southward and principally east of the Mississippi, extending also into Canada. It is a small or middle-sized tree, with aromatic bark and roots, and remarkable for the green color of its flowers, bud-scales, and branches, and for its dimorphous leaves, the earlier entire and oval, the later three-lobed or irregular. See cut in next column.
    • n sassafras Of New South Wales: Dorypha Sassafras of the same order, another large tree, with very fragrant leaves, and aromatic bark used in infusion as a tonic.
    • n sassafras Of Queensland: a smaller related tree, Daphnandra micrantha.
    • n sassafras A smaller related tree, Daphnandra micrantha, of the family Monimiaceæ.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sassafras sas′a-fras a tree of the laurel family, common in North America; also the bark of its root, a powerful stimulant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. sassafras,cf. It. sassafrasso, sassafras, Sp. sasafras, salsafras, salsifrax, salsifragia, saxifragia,), fr. L. saxifraga, saxifrage. See Saxifrage
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. sassafras—Sp. sasafras—L. saxifragasaxum, a stone, frangĕre, to break.


In literature:

But, then, at first the borders of the big Sassafras Swamp did not look so very forbidding.
"Afloat" by Alan Douglas
The sassafras bushes and the scrub oaks moan sadly in the wind, and few human beings wander over the desolate hills and valleys.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
Sometime we used sassafras tea as we never had no coffee to grind.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
While looking for sassafras, I perceived a nest upon a small oak near to the stream.
"Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet" by Captain Marryat
Found him squatted in a sassafras patch.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
They moved out into old fields, grown with sedge and sassafras, here and there dwarf pines.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Wild sassafras grew along the roadside.
"Frank Merriwell Down South" by Burt L. Standish
Drink strong sassafras tea while using these.
"The Fair Play Settlers of the West Branch Valley, 1769-1784" by George D. Wolf
But Teddy and Janet could easily tell sassafras and wintergreen by the pleasant smell of the leaves.
"The Curlytops on Star Island" by Howard R. Garis
In 1615 twelve different commodities had been shipped from Virginia; sassafras and tobacco were now the only exports.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
To make a bow take a piece of any tough, elastic wood, as cedar, ash, sassafras or hickory, well-seasoned, about your own length.
"Illustrated Science for Boys and Girls" by Anonymous
The opening was into the heart of a little sassafras, about four feet from the ground.
"Bird Stories from Burroughs" by John Burroughs
Oil Sassafras, one oz.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
I want some sassafras tea.
"Shenanigans at Sugar Creek" by Paul Hutchens
Isn't it a little early for sassafras tea?
"Master of the Vineyard" by Myrtle Reed
Sometimes she kept a candy-shop, and lived entirely on sugar-almonds and sassafras-stick.
"Nine Little Goslings" by Susan Coolidge
Like gold, sassafras diverted labor during the crucial early period at Jamestown from the tasks of building and provisioning.
"Medicine in Virginia, 1607-1699" by Thomas P. Hughes
I was gathering sassafras and birch buds for her and they did not know I was there.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Plants like our willow and beech, poplar and sassafras appear in great abundance.
"The Meaning of Evolution" by Samuel Christian Schmucker
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

In poetry:

On Nature's floor of lovely green,
Bedecked with flowers of gold,
The purple sassafras as sheen,
Which trumpet vines enfold.
"My Sister Nell And I" by Joseph Horatio Chant
Upon the sassafras a flare,
And through the elm a wavering sheen,
A flicker in the orchard fair,
A flame across the hedgerow green.
"Spring's Torch-Bearer" by Maurice Thompson
Buried in deep sassafras,
Memory follows up the hill
Still some cowbell's mellow brass,
Where the ruined water-mill
Looms, half-hid in cane and grass….
"The Old Farm" by Madison Julius Cawein
I seen her by the sassafras, the sun was on her hair;
An' I don't know what come to me to see her standin' there.
I never even lifts my hat, I never says "Good day"
To her that should be treated in a reel respectful way.
"Grey Thrush" by C J Dennis
I only know the girl I want is standin' smilin' there
Right underneath the sassafras. I never thought I'd dare,
But I holds out my arms to her, an' says, as I come near—
Not one word of that speech of mine—but, "Oh, you pretty dear !"
"Grey Thrush" by C J Dennis
She milked the cow. 'Twas at South Sassafras -
(Which is a cruel word to rhyme,alas)
And all who gazed thereon decalred, with force,
It was sublime - except the cow, of course
Who wore a patient frown upn her brow . . . .
She milked the cow.
"The Martyr of Bovinia" by C J Dennis

In news:

Approximately 70 mural and graffiti artists from around the country are gathering to paint the south side of the railway wall between Peach and Sassafras streets.
CANDY at Sassafras Sweet Shoppe.
Staff photo by Suzanne Stone Pat and Harold Fentress looks over an autumn wreath at the Silk Arrangements By Hazel booth at the Sassafras Festival.
At Sassafras , Southern hospitality is alive and well.
Fiddler Conor Dance warms up on the balcony at Club Sassafras .
Bags and all school items on sale at Sassafras this weekend.
After one bite into the remarkable Sassafras apple pie I bought at the Worthington Farmers Market, I nearly saluted and commenced to marching as "The Stars and Stripes Forever" started up in my head.
Before Julie Grother opened Sassafras American Eatery at 2637 W 26th Street, the Jefferson Park Victorian was a revolving door of restaurants (including the short-lived Gordo Loco).
Season in and season out, one of the more interesting common plants in our woodlands is sassafras , which may be shrub-like or attain heights of 130 feet as part of the forest canopy in rich cove hardwoods.
Eagle on the Sassafras River.
Let's start w/ a shout out to Sweet Ass Sassafras for the original.
Sassafras is an independent, 4-year-old tabby who loves spending time cuddled on laps.
The Mental Floss blog has compiled a weird quiz that's just my cup of sassafras tea: the Obscure Spices Quiz.
Some come from thousands of miles away to watch and listen, to perform or to showcase traditional skills and old-timey foods, from sassafras tea to homemade mincemeat.
Vicco-Sassafras Volunteer Fire and Rescue Breast Cancer Awareness Cookout .