1. [ noun ] (chemistry) 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
Related terms: compound organic_compound Jamaica_quassia
2. [ noun ] (botany) 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: Quassia_amara bitterwood
Related terms: bitterwood_tree genus_Quassia
Similar spelling:   quasi