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sas·sa·fras

n 1  :  a tall eastern No. American tree (Sassafras albidum) of the laurel family (Lauraceae) with mucilaginous twigs and leaves  2  :  the dried root bark of the sassafras formerly used as a diaphoretic and flavoring agent but now prohibited for use as a flavoring or food additive because of its carcinogenic properties .
 
 

 
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