sassafras

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The leaf of Sassafras albidum

Etymology[edit]

From Spanish sasafrás, possibly from Latin saxifragus (stone-breaking) from the habit of certain plants growing in cracks in boulders.

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sassafras (countable and uncountable, plural sassafrases)

  1. (countable) A tree of species Sassafras albidum of the eastern United States and Asia having mitten-shaped leaves and red, aromatic heartwood.
  2. (countable) A tree of any species in the genus Sassafras.
  3. (uncountable) The bark of the root of this plant, used for medicinal and (mostly historically) culinary purposes and formerly a main ingredient in root beer.
    • 1624, John Smith, Generall Historie, in Kupperman 1988, p. 82:
      our allowance was somewhat bettered, by a daily proportion of Bisket, which the sailers would pilfer to sell, give, or exchange with us, for money, Saxefras, furres, or love.

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Noun[edit]

sassafras

  1. sassafras (tree of the genus Sassafras; its bark)

Declension[edit]

Inflection of sassafras (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
nominative sassafras sassafrasit
genitive sassafrasin sassafrasien
partitive sassafrasia sassafraseja
illative sassafrasiin sassafraseihin
singular plural
nominative sassafras sassafrasit
accusative nom. sassafras sassafrasit
gen. sassafrasin
genitive sassafrasin sassafrasien
partitive sassafrasia sassafraseja
inessive sassafrasissa sassafraseissa
elative sassafrasista sassafraseista
illative sassafrasiin sassafraseihin
adessive sassafrasilla sassafraseilla
ablative sassafrasilta sassafraseilta
allative sassafrasille sassafraseille
essive sassafrasina sassafraseina
translative sassafrasiksi sassafraseiksi
instructive sassafrasein
abessive sassafrasitta sassafraseitta
comitative sassafraseineen

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