An American tree of the Laurel family (Sassafras officinale); also, the bark of the roots, which has an aromatic smell and taste.
bark used in medicines and beverages
a yellowwood tree with brittle wood and aromatic leaves and bark
The leaves of the sassafras tree are used in making traditional gumbo.
Sassafras is a genus of two species of deciduous trees in the family Lauraceae, native to eastern North America and eastern Asia.