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Noun: quassia  kwó-shu
  1. 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
  2. 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
    - bitterwood, Quassia amara

Derived forms: quassias

Type of: bitterwood tree, organic compound

Part of: genus Quassia

Encyclopedia: Quassia