Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Eurasian currant (Ribes nigrum) bearing black berries.
  • n. A cordial made from the berries of this plant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The blackcurrant plant, Ribes nigrum; the flavor of its berries
  • n. A liqueur made from these berries, especially crème de cassis.
  • n. A wine flavor note, suggesting the fruity and full-bodied characteristics of the fruit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large genus of prosobranchiate gastropodous mollusks, known as helmet-shells, formerly placed with the Buccinidæ or whelks, or with the Doliidæ, but now made the type of a family Cassididæ. See cut under Cassididæ.

Etymologies

French, from Latin cassia, a kind of plant; see cassia.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French cassis (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The second, native to China and Vietnam, is commonly called cassis and is darker, stronger in flavor and forms a stick with a double roll, McGee explains.

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  • Vietnam, is commonly called cassis and is darker, stronger in flavor and forms a stick with a double roll, McGee explains.

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  • I recall cassis from my days in France...but, your variation on these truffles look good!

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  • They bought some purple sweets called cassis to take back with them for Sheila, and they bought a large green picture-book called Bahar the Elephant.

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  • "Oh!" replied he, "it's a nickname my mates have given me because I generally drink 'cassis' when they force me to accompany them to the wineshop.

    L'Assommoir

  • Mr. Puck is also on a first-name basis with many of Hollywood's glitterati and each year cooks up dreamy delights such as Kobe burgers, artichoke salad and tomato confit and cassis gelle for a host of celebrities at the post-Oscars Governors Ball.

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  • Bryan Derballa Chef Anita Lo shakes up creme de cassis, a liqueur made from black currants.

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  • Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal For cookouts, Ms. Lo chooses drinks that feel light, such as a blend of sparkling wine and crème de cassis.

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  • Sunflowers, lavender, cassis – and not a budget flight in sight.

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  • This blend of 86% cabernet franc and 14% merlot shows ripe, intense blackberry and cassis fruit aromas on the nose, which are accented by vanilla, toasty oak and some dried plum layered beneath.

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