from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tropical American shrub or small tree (Quassia amara) having bright scarlet flowers and yielding a valuable, lustrous, fine-grained, yellowish-white wood.
- n. The wood of this plant.
- n. A bitter substance obtained from the wood of this plant, used in medicine and as an insecticide.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several tropic trees, of the genus Quassia, having scarlet flowers
- n. The bitter substance quassin extracted from its bark
New Latin, after Graman Quassi, an 18th-century Surinamese.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)