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  • n. A very bitter triterpenoid lactone, extracted as white crystals from the quassia tree, used in traditional Chinese medicine

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The bitter principle of quassia, extracted as a white crystalline substance; -- formerly called quassite.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The neutral bitter principle of quassia (Picræna excelsa).


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  • He also carried a few leaves of quassin doe, the antidote for ten-step poison, but as the poison's name implied, haste with the quassin doe was essential.

    Soul of the Fire

  • But if you are shot in another place, maybe your leg, the poison takes longer to work, and you have time to take the quassin doe. '

    Stone of Tears

  • I didn't know if I had given you the quassin doe in time.

    Stone of Tears

  • 'But if you were shot with a ten-step arrow, wouldn't you die before you could take the quassin doe?'

    Stone of Tears

  • 'So you could take some of the quassin doe, and it would make you well if you accidentally swallowed some of the bandu when you were chewing its leaves to make the poison?'

    Stone of Tears

  • The quassin doe you gave to me back at that city. '

    Stone of Tears

  • She found a square of cloth lying on the floor nearby, used for packaging purchases and wrapped the quassin doe plants.

    Stone of Tears

  • 'I saw him fight to protect you, and Prindin wanted to kill him, so I gave him quassin doe.

    Stone of Tears

  • 'Remember I told you that our ancestors took quassin doe before they went into battle, so that if they were shot with a ten-step arrow, the poison would not kill them?'

    Stone of Tears

  • Sometimes, a man will scratch himself with his own ten-step arrow, by not meaning to, and he can take the quassin doe, and he will be well again.

    Stone of Tears


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