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    quassia - Dictionary definition and meaning for word quassia

    (noun) a bitter compound used as an insecticide and tonic and vermifuge; extracted from the wood and bark of trees of the genera Quassia and Picrasma Definition
    (noun) handsome South American shrub or small tree having bright scarlet flowers and yielding a valuable fine-grained yellowish wood; yields the bitter drug quassia from its wood and bark
    Synonyms : bitterwood , quassia amara
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