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[ sen-uh ]
/ ˈsɛn ə /


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.

Nearby words

senioritis, seniority, seniority rule, seniti, senlac, senna, sennacherib, sennachie, sennar, sennet, sennett

Origin of senna

1535–45; < New Latin < Arabic sanā Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for senna (1 of 2)


/ (ˈsɛnə) /


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
See also bladder senna

Word Origin for senna

C16: via New Latin from Arabic sanā

British Dictionary definitions for senna (2 of 2)


/ (ˈsɛnə) /


Ayrton (ˈɛətən). 1960–94, Brazilian racing driver: world champion (1988, 1990, 1991)
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Word Origin and History for senna



tropical shrub, 1540s, from Modern Latin senna, from Arabic sana. Earlier was sene (c.1400), from French.

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