Definition of quassi in English:

quassi

(also quassie)

noun

  • The wood or bark of the Suriname quassia tree, Quassia amara; the tree itself. Usually attributive.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in The Annual Register. From the name of Kwasi, the African-born Surinamese slave who discovered the medicinal properties of the root in 1730.

Pronunciation

quassi

/ˈkwɒsi//ˈkwasi/