senna

[ sen-uh ]
/ ˈsɛn ə /
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noun

any plant, shrub, or tree belonging to the genus Cassia, of the legume family, having pinnate leaves and large clusters of flowers.
any of various cathartic drugs consisting of the dried leaflets of certain of these plants, as one drug (Alexandrian senna) derived from C. acutifolia, or another (Tinnevelly senna) derived from C. angustifolia.

Origin of senna

1535–45; < New Latin < Arabic sanā
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senna

/ (ˈsɛnə) /

noun

any of various tropical plants of the leguminous genus Cassia, esp C. angustifolia (Arabian senna) and C. acutifolia (Alexandrian senna), having typically yellow flowers and long pods
senna leaf the dried leaflets of any of these plants, used as a cathartic and laxative
senna pods the dried fruits of any of these plants, used as a cathartic and laxative

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Word Origin for senna

C16: via New Latin from Arabic sanā

British Dictionary definitions for senna (2 of 2)

Senna

/ (ˈsɛnə) /

noun

Ayrton (ˈɛətən). 1960–94, Brazilian racing driver: world champion (1988, 1990, 1991)

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