cascara sagrada

cascara sagrada

[suh-grey-duh, -grah-, -grad-uh]
noun
2.
the bark of the cascara, used as a cathartic or laxative.

Origin:
1880–85; < Spanish: literally, sacred bark

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cascara sagrada (səˈɡrɑːdə)
 
n
Often shortened to: cascara the dried bark of the cascara buckthorn, used as a stimulant and laxative
 
[Spanish, literally: sacred bark]

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cascara sagrada

(Spanish: "sacred bark"), the dried bark of the buckthorn Rhamnus purshiana (order Rosales) used in medicine as a laxative. The tree is cultivated in North America and Kenya. Cascara sagrada is prepared in both liquid and solid forms. The activity apparently results from the combined action of several substances, a number of which have been isolated; they consist chiefly of anthraquinones.

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