Definitions for sassafrasˈsæs əˌfræs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sas•sa•frasˈsæs əˌfræs(n.)

  1. an E North American tree, Sassafras albidum, having both oval and two- or three-lobed leaves.

    Category: Plants

  2. the aromatic bark of its root, used as a flavoring agent.

    Category: Plants

Origin of sassafras:

1570–80; < Sp sasafrás

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sassafras, sassafras tree, Sassafras albidum(noun)

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

  2. sassafras(noun)

    dried root bark of the sassafras tree


  1. sassafras(Noun)

    A tree of species Sassafras albidum of the eastern United States and Asia having mitten-shaped leaves and red, aromatic heartwood.

  2. sassafras(Noun)

    A tree of any species in the genus Sassafras.

  3. sassafras(Noun)

    The bark of the root of this plant, used for medicinal and (mostly historically) culinary purposes and formerly a main ingredient in root beer.

  4. Origin: From sasafras, possibly from saxifragus from the habit of certain plants growing in cracks in boulders.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sassafras(noun)

    an American tree of the Laurel family (Sassafras officinale); also, the bark of the roots, which has an aromatic smell and taste


  1. Sassafras

    Sassafras is a genus of three extant and one extinct species of deciduous trees in the family Lauraceae, native to eastern North America and eastern Asia.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Sassafras

    A plant genus in the LAURACEAE family. The tree bark has been used medicinally.


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