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cassia

See also: Cassia

EnglishEdit

A cassia flower

EtymologyEdit

From Latin cassia (cinnamon). Compare Kezia.

NounEdit

cassia (countable and uncountable, plural cassias or cassiæ)

  1. (uncountable) The spice made from the bark of members of the genus Cinnamomum other than true cinnamon (C. verum), when they are distinguished from cinnamon.
  2. (countable) Such trees themselves, particularly the Chinese cinnamon, Cinnamomum cassia
  3. (countable) Any of several tropical leguminous plants, of the genus Cassia
  4. (countable) Any of several tropical leguminous plants, of the genus Senna
  5. (countable, in translation of Chinese) The sweet osmanthus (O. fragrans)

Usage notesEdit

Cassia is typically marketed in American English as "cinnamon" but is typically distinguished from Sri Lankan cinnamon in Europe. The oil content of the bark of the Saigon cinnamon is actually superior to that of true cinnamon, but Chinese cassia and Indonesian cinnamon have somewhat less.

Sweet osmanthus and cassia were both formerly in Chinese and the character is often translated as "cassia", owing to its greater importance in modern international trade; however, it is generally the sweet-smelling osmanthus that is meant.

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LatinEdit

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PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

cassia f (genitive cassiae); first declension

  1. cinnamon
  2. Another aromatic shrub, possibly marjoram

InflectionEdit

First declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative cassia cassiae
genitive cassiae cassiārum
dative cassiae cassiīs
accusative cassiam cassiās
ablative cassiā cassiīs
vocative cassia cassiae