Meaning of sassafras

sas•sa•fras

Pronunciation: (sas'u-fras"), [key]
— n.
  1. an American tree, Sassafras albidum, of the laurel family, having egg-shaped leaves and long clusters of greenish-yellow flowers.
  2. the aromatic bark of its root, used medicinally and esp. for flavoring beverages, confectionery, etc.
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