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  1. (noun, plant) Chinese tree with aromatic bark; yields a less desirable cinnamon than Ceylon cinnamon
  2. (noun, plant) some genus Cassia species often classified as members of the genus Senna or genus Chamaecrista
  3. (noun, plant) any of various trees or shrubs of the genus Cassia having pinnately compound leaves and usually yellow flowers followed by long seedpods

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Origin of the word Cassia

  1. cinnamon-like plant, late O.E., from L. cassia, from Gk. kasia, from Heb. q'tsi-ah, from qatsa "to cut off, strip off bark." more

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