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

  • n. A buckthorn (Rhamnus purshiana) native to northwest North America, the bark of which is the source of cascara sagrada.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A North American buckthorn, Rhamnus purshiana, whose bark is used as a laxative

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the dried bark of the cascara buckthorn used as a laxative; -- called also cascara sagrada.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bark canoe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. dried bark of the cascara buckthorn used as a laxative

Etymologies

Spanish cáscara, bark, from cascar, to break off, from Vulgar Latin *quassicāre, from Latin quassāre, frequentative of quatere, to shake; see kwēt- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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