Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A syrup made from black currants.
  • noun Crème de cassis.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.

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

Etymologies

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

[French, from Middle French, from Old French cassie, casse, cassia, senna, from Latin casia, cassia, aromatic tree of the genus Cinnamomum; see cassia.]

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From French cassis

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

    Truffles- The More Accessible Kind

  • 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.

    Pied Piper

  • "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.

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  • 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.

    Wolfgang Puck's Kitchen Adventures

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

    Grilling with Gusto

  • 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.

    Giving Guests a Sense of Adventure at a Cookout

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  • see blackcurrant.

    December 6, 2007