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1. (Pharmacology) See cascara sagrada
2. (Plants) Also called: cascara buckthorn or bearwood a shrub or small tree, Rhamnus purshiana of NW North America, whose bark is a source of cascara sagrada: family Rhamnaceae
[C19: from Spanish: bark, from cascar to break, from Vulgar Latin quassicāre (unattested) to shake violently, shatter, from Latin quassāre to dash to pieces]
n., pl. -car•as.
a buckthorn, Rhamnus purshiana, of the northwestern U.S., yielding cascara sagrada.
[1875–80, Amer.; < Sp cáscara bark]
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|Noun||1.||cascara - dried bark of the cascara buckthorn used as a laxative|
bearberry, bearwood, cascara buckthorn, chittamwood, chittimwood, Rhamnus purshianus - shrubby tree of the Pacific coast of the United States; yields cascara sagrada
bark - tough protective covering of the woody stems and roots of trees and other woody plants