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Cassia \Cas"sia\ (k[a^]sh"[.a]), n. [L. cassia and casia, Gr. kassi`a and kasi`a; of Semitic origin; cf. Heb. qets[=i][=a]h, fr. q[=a]tsa' to cut off, to peel off.]

  1. (Bot.) A genus of leguminous plants (herbs, shrubs, or trees) of many species, most of which have purgative qualities. The leaves of several species furnish the senna used in medicine.

  2. The bark of several species of Cinnamomum grown in China, etc.; Chinese cinnamon. It is imported as cassia, but commonly sold as cinnamon, from which it differs more or less in strength and flavor, and the amount of outer bark attached.

    Note: The medicinal ``cassia'' (Cassia pulp) is the laxative pulp of the pods of a leguminous tree ( Cassia fistula or Pudding-pipe tree), native in the East Indies but naturalized in various tropical countries.

    Cassia bark, the bark of Cinnamomum cassia, etc. The coarser kinds are called Cassia lignea, and are often used to adulterate true cinnamon.

    Cassia buds, the dried flower buds of several species of cinnamon ( Cinnamomum cassia, atc..).

    Cassia oil, oil extracted from cassia bark and cassia buds; -- called also oil of cinnamon.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

cinnamon-like plant, late Old English, from Latin cassia, from Greek kasia, from Hebrew q'tsi-ah "cassia," from qatsa "to cut off, strip off bark."


n. 1 (context uncountable English) The spice made from the bark of members of the genus ''Cinnamomum'' other than true cinnamon (''Cinnamomum verum''), when they are distinguished from cinnamon. 2 (context countable English) Such trees themselves, particularly the Chinese cinnamon, ''Cinnamomum cassia'' 3 (context countable English) Any of several tropical leguminous plants, of the genus ''Cassia'' 4 (context countable English) Any of several tropical leguminous plants, of the genus ''Senna'' 5 (rft-sense) (context countable, mistranslation from Chinese English) The sweet osmanthus (''Osmanthus fragrans'')

  1. n. any of various trees or shrubs of the genus Cassia having pinnately compound leaves and usually yellow flowers followed by long seedpods

  2. Chinese tree with aromatic bark; yields a less desirable cinnamon than Ceylon cinnamon [syn: cassia-bark tree, Cinnamomum cassia]

Cassia -- U.S. County in Idaho
Population (2000): 21416
Housing Units (2000): 7862
Land area (2000): 2566.445742 sq. miles (6647.063674 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 13.859946 sq. miles (35.897093 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 2580.305688 sq. miles (6682.960767 sq. km)
Located within: Idaho (ID), FIPS 16
Location: 42.357856 N, 113.638731 W
Cassia, ID
Cassia County
Cassia County, ID
Cassia (gens)

The gens Cassia was a Roman family of great antiquity. The gens was originally patrician, but all of the members who appear in later times were plebeians. The first of the Cassii to obtain the consulship was Spurius Cassius Viscellinus, in 502 BC. He was the proposer of the first agrarian law, and was put to death by the patricians. As all of the Cassii known from after his time are plebeians, it is not improbable either that the patricians expelled them from their order, or that they abandoned it on account of the murder of Viscellinus.

The Cassia gens was reckoned one of the noblest in Rome; and members of it are constantly mentioned under the Empire as well as during the Republic. The Roman road to Arretium was called the Via Cassia, and the village of Cassianum Hirpinum was named for an estate of the family in the country of the Hirpini. One family of the Cassii was one of the dominant houses of Olissipo in Lusitania.

Cassia (genus)

Cassia is a genus of flowering plants in the legume family, Fabaceae, and the subfamily Caesalpinioideae. Species are known commonly as cassias. Cassia is also the English common name of some species in the genus Cinnamomum of the family Lauraceae. Many species of genus Senna were previously included in Cassia. Cassia now generally includes the largest species of the legume subtribe Cassiinae, usually mid-sized trees.


Jorge Antônio Dornelles Carpes known as Cassiá (born 14 June 1953 in São Borja) is a retired Brazilian professional football player, who played as defender and a manager.

He is currently a state representative in Rio Grande do Sul. He graduated to apply for Deputy Governor of the State of Rio Grande do Sul by Solidarity (SD) in Hope coalition that unites the Rio Grande, with the candidate to Ana Amélia Lemos Government, PP.

Cassia (name)

Cassia may refer to:

Given name
  • Cassia, Kezia or Keziah, a female surname of Biblical origin, thought to be derived from the Greek 'Cassia'
  • the female gentilicium name of the Cassii ( gens Cassia) of Ancient Rome
  • Cassia or Kassia, Byzantine abbess and music scholar (9th century)
  • Cássia Eller (1962–2001), Brazilian musician
  • Cassià Maria Just (1926–2008), Catalan abbot
  • Sant Cassia or Sant-Cassia, a noble family of Ġnejna Bay, Malta

* Cassia – Greek – Cinnamon

  • Francis Sant-Cassia (1920–1988), 7th Count Sant, murdered

Usage examples of "cassia".

Mama Efe squatted down near Cassia, poking with a stick into the ashes, searching for embers from the bonfire.

Thus with different species, and with different individuals of the same species, there were many gradations from a single diurnal movement to oscillations as complex as those of the Ipomoea and Cassia.

There are other spices too, besides cassia lignea, to be procured from China.

Preliminary sketch of the sleep or nyctitropic movements of leaves--Presence of pulvini--The lessening of radiation the final cause of nyctitropic movements--Manner of trying experiments on leaves of Oxalis, Arachis, Cassia, Melilotus, Lotus and Marsilea and on the cotyledons of Mimosa--Concluding remarks on radiation from leaves--Small differences in the conditions make a great difference in the result Description of the nyctitropic position and movements of the cotyledons of various plants--List of species--Concluding remarks--Independence of the nyctitropic movements of the leaves and cotyledons of the same species--Reasons for believing that the movements have been acquired for a special purpose.

Sulla had heard little about their progress at the time he himself started up the Via Cassia toward Clusium, but he had a great deal of faith in this loyalest of adherents-as well as a lively curiosity as to how Pompey the Great would fare.

It was the apartment of a voluptuary, redolent with incense and cassia wood, tapestried to death, overfurnished with couches and pouffes all stuffed with the finest wool.

Canna Warscewiczii, circumnutation of plumules, 58, 59 --, of leaf, 252 Cannabis sativa, movements of leaves, 250 --, nocturnal movements of cotyledons, 307 Cannabis sativa, sinking of the young leaves at night, 444 Cassia, nyctitropic movement of leaves, 369 Cassia Barclayana, nocturnal movement of leaves, 372 --, slight movement of leaflets, 401 -- calliantha, uninjured by exposure at night, 289, n.

Cassia tora: conjoint circumnutation of cotyledons and hypocotyl, traced on vertical glass, from 7.

With some species of Cassia, on the other hand, it was obvious without any measurement that the pulvinated cotyledons continued to increase greatly in length during some weeks.

Thus the movements of the cotyledons of Brassica oleracea and of Ipomoea caerulea, which are not provided with pulvini, are as complex as those of Oxalis and Cassia which are thus provided.

The cotyledons of several species of Cassia are eminently susceptible to changes in the degree of light to which they are exposed: thus seedlings of an unnamed S.

Here is a more interesting case: seedlings of Cassia tora in two pots, which had stood for some time on the table in the room just described, had their cotyledons horizontal.

The genus cassia seems to be preeminent in this respect: thus, the cotyledons of C.

As the cotyledons of several species of Cassia are easily affected both by slightly diminished light and by contact, we thought that these two kinds of sensitiveness might be connected.

In Cassia the cotyledons of the ten species in the list rise up vertically at night and come into close contact with one another.