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

  • n. Variant of cassina.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name of the yaupon, Ilex, Cassine.


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  • These interlacing the trees, supported also by shrubs, of which the cassena is the most distinguished variety, and faced with ditches, make the prevailing fences of the plantations.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 71, September, 1863

  • After distributing some little presents among them, we went to the church, which had been decorated with holly, pine, cassena, mistletoe, and the hanging moss, and had a very Christmas-like look.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 80, June, 1864

  • Some brilliant scarlet berries -- the cassena -- were growing along the roadside, and on every hand we saw the live-oak with its moss-drapery.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 79, May, 1864

  • The hedges were all aglow with the brilliant scarlet berries of the cassena, and on some of the oaks we observed the mistletoe, laden with its pure white, pearl-like berries.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 79, May, 1864

  • A few minutes later he swung the car into a lonesome and lovely road edged with pines, and sassafras, and sumach, and cassena bushes, and festooned with vines.

    A Woman Named Smith

  • There were cassena bushes, full of vivid scarlet berries; and crooked, gray-green cedars; and brown boles of pine-trees; and the shallowest, gayest, absurdest little thread of a brook giggling as it went about its important business of keeping a lip of woodland green.

    A Woman Named Smith


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  • "For drink, the Kiawah and other clans made a tea from the cassena bush, a low shrub on the coast."

    —Edward Ball, Slaves in the Family (NY: Ballantine Books, 1998), 29

    September 26, 2009