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 for sassafras
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sassafras \Sas"sa*fras\, n. [F. sassafras (cf. It. sassafrasso,
     sassafras, Sp. sasafras, salsafras, salsifrax, salsifragia,
     saxifragia), fr. L. saxifraga saxifrage. See Saxifrage.]
     An American tree of the Laurel family ({Sassafras
     officinale); also, the bark of the roots, which has an
     aromatic smell and taste.
     [1913 Webster]
     Australian+sassafras,+a+lofty+tree+({Doryophora+Sassafras">Australian sassafras, a lofty tree ({Doryophora Sassafras)
        with aromatic bark and leaves.
     Chilian sassafras, an aromatic tree ({Laurelia
     New Zealand sassafras, a similar tree ({Laurelia Novae
     Sassafras nut. See Pichurim bean.
     Swamp+sassafras,+the+sweet+bay+({Magnolia+glauca">Swamp sassafras, the sweet bay ({Magnolia glauca). See
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: yellowwood tree with brittle wood and aromatic leaves and
           bark; source of sassafras oil; widely distributed in
           eastern North America [syn: sassafras, sassafras tree,
           Sassafras albidum]
      2: dried root bark of the sassafras tree

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