- See cascara sagrada
Also called: cascara buckthorn, bearwood a shrub or small tree, Rhamnus purshiana of NW North America, whose bark is a source of cascara sagrada: family Rhamnaceae
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cas•car•a (kas kâr′ə),USA pronunciation n.
- Plant Biologya buckthorn, Rhamnus purshiana, of the Pacific coast of the U.S., having finely toothed leaves and flowers in umbels and yielding cascara sagrada. Also called cascar′a buck′thorn, bearberry, chittamwood.
- Spanish cáscara bark, perh. akin to cascar to crack
Vulgar Latin *quassicāre, equivalent. to Latin quass(āre) to shatter (see quash) + -icā- formative verb, verbal suffix + -re infinitive ending
- 1875–80, American.
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cascara /kæsˈkɑːrə/ n
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