[ sen-i-guh ]
/ ˈsɛn ɪ gə /


the dried root of a milkwort, Polygala senega, of the eastern U.S., used as an expectorant and diuretic.
the plant itself.

Origin of senega

1730–40; variant of Seneca, from its use by this tribe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for senega


/ (ˈsɛnɪɡə) /


a milkwort plant, Polygala senega, of the eastern US, with small white flowers
the root of this plant, used as an expectorant

Also called (US and Canadian): senega snakeroot, seneca snakeroot

Word Origin for senega

C18: variant of Seneca (the Indian tribe)
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Medicine definitions for senega


[ sĕnĭ-gə ]


The dried roots of the Seneca snakeroot, used medicinally as an expectorant.

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