quassia: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (kwosh'u, -ē-u), [key]
- a shrub or small tree, Quassia amara, of tropical America, having pinnate leaves, showy red flowers, and wood with a bitter taste. Cf.
- any of several other trees having bitter-tasting wood.
- Also calleda prepared form of the heartwood of any of these trees, used as an insecticide and in medicine as a tonic to dispel intestinal worms.
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