sassywood: Word of the day for April 7, 2018

sassywood , n :
A form of trial by ordeal in Liberia, typically involving a suspect drinking a poisonous concoction made from the bark of the ordeal tree Erythrophleum guineense, Erythrophleum ivorense, or Erythrophleum suaveolens (called sassy bark); by extension, other forms of trial by ordeal such as applying a heated machete to the suspect’s legs, or dipping the suspect’s hand into hot oil. The ordeal tree itself, the bark of which is used in the sassywood procedure. To celebrate April Fools’ Day, this week we are featuring a series of unusual concepts. Enjoy!


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