An American plant, or rather genus of plants, named after
Quassi, a negro.
“Linnaeus applied this name to a tree of Surinam in honour of a
negro, Quassi, who employed its bark as a remedy for fever; and enjoyed
such a reputation among the natives as to be almost worshipped by
some,” —Lindley and Moore: Treatise of Botany, part ii. p.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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