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Borrowed from French cassis.


cassis (usually uncountable, plural cassises)

  1. The blackcurrant plant, Ribes nigrum; the flavor of its berries
  2. A liqueur made from these berries, especially crème de cassis.
    Cassis and soda is a popular drink.
    • 1972, Evan Hunter, Every Little Crook and Nanny (page 132)
      The bartender looked at her malevolently for a moment, shook his head, and walked away to mix the drink. "I never had one of those, those vermouth cassises," Freddie said.
  3. (chiefly US) A wine flavor note, suggesting the fruity and full-bodied characteristics of the fruit; mostly referred to as simply blackcurrant in the UK, where the fruit is common.


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Probably from Latin cassia, from Hebrew קציעה‎ (qetzi'ah), meaning incense cassia or the cassia tree.


  • IPA(key): /ka.sis/
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cassis m (plural cassis)

  1. blackcurrant (fruit)
  2. the shrub of this fruit
  3. liqueur made with this fruit; crème de cassis
  4. (slang) head

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Etymology 1[edit]

From the Proto-Indo-European *kadʰ- (to guard, cover, care for, protect). Cognate with the Old English hætt (head-covering, hat). More at the English hat.

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cassis f (genitive cassidis); third declension

  1. a plumed metal helmet

Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative cassis cassidēs
Genitive cassidis cassidum
Dative cassidī cassidibus
Accusative cassidem cassidēs
Ablative casside cassidibus
Vocative cassis cassidēs
Derived terms[edit]


  • Italian: casside, cassida


Etymology 2[edit]

The origin is uncertain. Probably connected with catēna (chain).[1]

Pokorny derives from Proto-Indo-European *kat- (to link or weave together).[2]

Martirosyan connects cassis and catēna with Old Armenian ցանց (cʿancʿ, casting-net) and derives all from a Mediterranean substrate.[3]


cassis m (genitive cassis); third declension

  1. hunting net, snare, toil
  2. spider web
  3. (plural) snares, plots

Third-declension noun (i-stem).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative cassis cassēs
Genitive cassis cassium
Dative cassī cassibus
Accusative cassem cassēs
Ablative casse cassibus
Vocative cassis cassēs


  1. ^ De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill, page 97
  2. ^ Pokorny, Julius (1959) Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch [Indo-European Etymological Dictionary] (in German), volume II, Bern, München: Francke Verlag, page 534
  3. ^ Martirosyan, Hrach (2016), “Mediterranean substrate words in Armenian: two etymologies”, in Bjarne Simmelkjær Sandgaard Hansen, Benedicte Nielsen Whitehead, Thomas Olander & Birgit Anette Olsen, editors, Etymology and the European Lexicon. Proceedings of the 14th Fachtagung of the Indogermanische Gesellschaft, Copenhagen, 17-22 September 2012[1], Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag, page 294