from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various chiefly tropical or subtropical trees, shrubs, or herbs of the genus Cassia in the pea family, having pinnately compound leaves, usually yellow flowers, and long, flat or cylindrical pods.
- n. A tropical Asian evergreen tree (Cinnamomum cassia) having aromatic bark used as a substitute for cinnamon.
- n. The bark of this tree.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several tropical leguminous plants, of the genus Cassia, used medicinally as senna.
- n. A spice (similar to cinnamon) made from the bark of the Chinese cinnamon, Cinnamomum aromaticum.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See Cassia.
- n. A very large genus of leguminous herbs, shrubs, and trees, mostly of tropical or warm regions.
- n. [lowercase] The cinnamon cassia, wild cassia, or cassia-bark. See cassia-lignea.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. Chinese tree with aromatic bark; yields a less desirable cinnamon than Ceylon cinnamon
- n. some genus Cassia species often classified as members of the genus Senna or genus Chamaecrista
- n. any of various trees or shrubs of the genus Cassia having pinnately compound leaves and usually yellow flowers followed by long seedpods
The other is the Southeast Asian or Chinese cinnamon, often called cassia, which is typically thick and hard, forming a double spiral, darker in color and much stronger in flavor, bitter and somewhat harsh and burning, as in the American “red-hot” candy.
I wonder if anyone else knows whether the cassia was a flavour particular to Bristol?
Nigardu_, an ancient Sanskrit Catalogue of Plants, the true cinnamon is spoken of as _Sinhalam_, a word which signifies "belonging to Ceylon" to distinguish it from cassia, which is found in Hindustan.
Cassia or kulit manis (Laurus cassia) is a coarse species of cinnamon which flourishes chiefly, as well as the two foregoing articles, in the northern part of the island; but with this difference, that the camphor and benzoin grow only near the coast, whereas the cassia is a native of the central parts of the country.
The surprise here was that cassia which is very similar, didn't poll a single vote, but that may come down to availability, I have never seen it anywhere.
Kezia -- "cassia," an aromatic herb (Ps 45: 8), instead of his offensive breath and ulcers.
"cassia": Poetic use: a fragrant shrub or plant (OED).
And it was then a matter of experimenting with the botanicals – Macedonian juniper berries, Bulgarian coriander seed, French angelica root, Spanish liquorice root, Italian orris root, Spanish ground almond, Chinese cassia bark, Madagascan cinnamon, and Spanish orange peel and lemon peel – and designing the still.
At university, where I read Greek and Latin, they appeared in the most unexpected places: a reference to cassia in a poem by
In order to create a unique taste, Jared Brown went through a raft of historical recipes from the 1,000-drinks-book library at his home in Gloucestershire, and started experimenting with ingredients such as Italian orris root and Chinese cassia bark.
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