Definitions for quassiaˈkwɒʃ ə, -i ə
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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
quassia, bitterwood, Quassia amara(noun)
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
Any of several tropic trees, of the genus Quassia, having scarlet flowers
The bitter substance quassin extracted from its bark
the wood of several tropical American trees of the order Simarubeae, as Quassia amara, Picraena excelsa, and Simaruba amara. It is intensely bitter, and is used in medicine and sometimes as a substitute for hops in making beer
Origin: [NL. From the name of a negro, Quassy, or Quash, who prescribed this article as a specific.]
Quassia is a flora genus in the family Simaroubaceae. Its size is disputed; some botanists treat it as consisting of only one species, Quassia amara from tropical South America, while others treat it in a wide circumscription as a pantropical genus containing up to 40 species of trees and shrubs. The genus was named after a former slave from Surinam, Graman Quassi in the eighteenth century. He discovered the medicinal properties of the of the bark of Quassia amara. Broader treatments of the genus include the following and other species: ⁕Quassia africana ⁕Quassia amara ⁕Quassia arnhemensis Craven & Dunlop- Australia ⁕Quassia bidwillii ⁕Quassia indica ⁕Quassia sp. 'Moonee Creek' - Australia ⁕Quassia sp. 'Mount Nardi' - Australia ⁕Quassia undulata It is the source of the "quassinoids" quassin and neo-quassin.
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A plant genus of the family SIMAROUBACEAE. Members contain quassinoids. Quassia simarouba has been reclassified as SIMAROUBA.
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