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[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.
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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


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