(n)--although the denotation specifies this as a tree, many have come to associate the connotation of "sassafras" with a term defining heavy amounts of sarcasm. Drawn from the root word, "sass," sassafras can be synonymical with sardonicism, facetiousness, witticism, or any other form of smarmy behavior.
Brandon could not take Spencer's unusual amount of sassafras, so he falcon punched her in the face. Twice.
If you don't quit that sassafras of yours, I will waslap you in the face. Again.