Date: Tue, 2 Jan 1996 16:33:33 -0500 From: "Dennis R. Preston" Subject: Re: Gumbo file' Yes, Bethany, but leaf not root. Roots are for tea; leaves are for file. Dennis >I don't know its etymology, but it does consist of ground sassafras. > >Bethany Dennis R. Preston Department of Linguistics and Languages Michigan State University preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]