[kwosh-uh, -ee-uh] /ˈkwɒʃ ə, -i ə/
a shrub or small tree, Quassia amara, of tropical America, having pinnate leaves, showy red flowers, and wood with a bitter taste.
any of several other trees having bitter-tasting wood.
Also called bitterwood. Chemistry, Pharmacology. a prepared form of the heartwood of any of these trees, used as an insecticide and in medicine as a tonic to dispel intestinal worms.
any tree of the tropical American simaroubaceous genus Quassia, having bitter bark and wood
the bark and wood of Quassia amara and of a related tree, Picrasma excelsa, used in furniture making
a bitter compound extracted from this bark and wood, formerly used as a tonic and anthelmintic, now used in insecticides
noun 1. the plant family Simaroubaceae, characterized by tropical and subtropical trees and shrubs having pinnately compound leaves, clusters of flowers, fruit in the form of a capsule or berry, or fleshy or winged fruit, and a bitter bark used medicinally, and including the ailanthus and quassia.
1. (in prescriptions) four.
[kwat-er] /ˈkwæt ər/ adverb 1. (in prescriptions) four times.
[kwot-er-sen-ten-uh-ree, -sen-tn-er-ee; especially British kwot-er-sen-tee-nuh-ree] /ˌkwɒt ər sɛnˈtɛn ə ri, -ˈsɛn tnˌɛr i; especially British ˌkwɒt ər sɛnˈti nə ri/ noun, plural quatercentenaries. 1. a 400th aniversary or its celebration. adjective 2. pertaining to or marking a period of 400 years; quatercentennial. /ˌkwætəsɛnˈtiːnərɪ/ noun (pl) -naries 1. a 400th anniversary or the year or celebration […]