from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A deciduous eastern North American tree (Sassafras albidum) having irregularly lobed leaves and aromatic bark, leaves, and branches.
- n. The dried root bark of this plant, used as a flavoring and a source of a volatile oil.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tree of species Sassafras albidum of the eastern United States and Asia having mitten-shaped leaves and red, aromatic heartwood.
- n. A tree of any species in the genus Sassafras.
- n. The bark of the root of this plant, used for medicinal and (mostly historically) culinary purposes and formerly a main ingredient in root beer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An American tree of the Laurel family (Sassafras officinale); also, the bark of the roots, which has an aromatic smell and taste.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tree, the only species of the genus Sassafras.
- n. [capitalized] [NL. (C. G. Nees, 1836).] A genus of apetalous trees of the order Laurineæ and tribe Litseaceæ, characterized by an umbel-like inflorescence of diœcious flowers in loose and short racemes from terminal buds, and produced around the base of the new growth of the season.
- n. Of New South Wales: Dorypha Sassafras of the same order, another large tree, with very fragrant leaves, and aromatic bark used in infusion as a tonic.
- n. Of Queensland: a smaller related tree, Daphnandra micrantha.
- n. A smaller related tree, Daphnandra micrantha, of the family Monimiaceæ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. yellowwood tree with brittle wood and aromatic leaves and bark; source of sassafras oil; widely distributed in eastern North America
- n. dried root bark of the sassafras tree
Spanish sasafrás, from Late Latin saxifragia, kind of herb, variant of (herba) saxifraga, saxifrage; see saxifrage.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish sasafras, possibly from Latin saxifragus ("stone-breaking") from the habit of certain plants growing in cracks in boulders. (Wiktionary)