Cassis



crème de cassis.
(italics) French.

a black currant.
a brandy distilled from black currants.

Historical Examples

The entire account of this cassis was interpolated by Linnus in the pages of his amanuensis.
The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society – Vol. 4 Various

I never so much as looked on them as men—not in that way, for a cassis woman, m’sieu.
“Fin Tireur” Robert Hichens

Before we left, we were compelled to accept a thimbleful of cassis, most delectable, and to promise to return very soon.
A Top-Floor Idyl George van Schaick

Strange to say nobody has ever started a cassis still on this side.
Cakes & Ale Edward Spencer

Specimens of the Strombus, cassis, and Fasciolaria were occasionally used.
Art in Shell of the Ancient Americans William H. Holmes

Larousses dictionary says that good liqueurs were made at cassis in Provence.
Origin of Cultivated Plants Alphonse De Candolle

This genus is distinguished from cassis by the outer lip, which is not reflected.
A Conchological Manual George Brettingham Sowerby

Take it to cassis, to Arles, to Avignon—where you will—and leave it there.
Lords of the Housetops Various

After dinner, when the coffee and cassis had been drunk, Madame Regnier invited Stella to play to them.
Sinister Street, vol. 1 Compton Mackenzie

He who has seen Paris, and has not seen cassis, may say, “I have seen nothing.”
Frdric Mistral Charles Alfred Downer

noun
a blackcurrant cordial
n.

black currant liquor, 1907, from French cassis (16c.) “black currant,” apparently from Latin cassia (see cassia). The modern liqueur dates from mid-19c.

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