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NOUN:
  1. A deciduous eastern North American tree (Sassafras albidum) having irregularly lobed leaves and aromatic bark, leaves, and branches.
  2. The dried root bark of this plant, used as a flavoring and a source of a volatile oil.

ETYMOLOGY:
Spanish sasafrás, from Late Latin saxifragia, kind of herb, variant of (herba) saxifraga, saxifrage ; see saxifrage


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