Seneca snakeroot
Senecas Sen"e*cas, n. pl.; sing. {Seneca}. (Ethnol.) A tribe of Indians who formerly inhabited a part of Western New York. This tribe was the most numerous and most warlike of the Five Nations. [1913 Webster]

{Seneca grass}(Bot.), holy grass. See under {Holy}.

{Seneca eil}, petroleum or naphtha.

{Seneca root}, or {Seneca snakeroot} (Bot.), the rootstock of an American species of milkworth ({Polygala Senega}) having an aromatic but bitter taste. It is often used medicinally as an expectorant and diuretic, and, in large doses, as an emetic and cathartic. [Written also {Senega root}, and {Seneka root}.] [1913 Webster]


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  • Seneca snakeroot — noun eastern North American plant having a terminal cluster of small white flowers and medicinal roots • Syn: ↑Seneka snakeroot, ↑senga root, ↑senega root, ↑senega snakeroot, ↑Polygala senega • Hypernyms: ↑milkwort …   Useful english dictionary

  • Seneca snakeroot — vaistinė putokšlė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Putokšlinių šeimos vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Polygala senega), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Polygala senega angl. Seneca snakeroot; senega snakeroot; senega root;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • seneca snakeroot — sen·e·ca snakeroot sen i kə n a No. American plant of the genus Polygala (P. senega) whose dried root was formerly used as an expectorant * * * senega snakeroot Polygala senega …   Medical dictionary

  • Seneca snakeroot. — See under snakeroot (def. 1). [1755 65, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • Seneca snakeroot. — See under snakeroot (def. 1). [1755 65, Amer.] …   Useful english dictionary

  • seneca snakeroot — noun Date: 1789 a milkwort (Polygala senega) of eastern North America having racemes of small white flowers called also rattlesnake root, senega root compare senega …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Snakeroot — Snake root , n. (Bot.) Any one of several plants of different genera and species, most of which are (or were formerly) reputed to be efficacious as remedies for the bites of serpents; also, the roots of any of these. [1913 Webster] Note: The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • snakeroot — SYN: serpentaria. Canada s. SYN: Asarum canadense. European s. SYN: Asarum europaeum. Seneca s. SYN: senega. Texas s. botanical source of serpentaria. Virginia s. Aristolochia serpentaria; botanical source of serpentaria. * * * snake·root .rüt,… …   Medical dictionary

  • Seneca — Senecas Sen e*cas, n. pl.; sing. {Seneca}. (Ethnol.) A tribe of Indians who formerly inhabited a part of Western New York. This tribe was the most numerous and most warlike of the Five Nations. [1913 Webster] {Seneca grass}(Bot.), holy grass. See …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Seneca eil — Senecas Sen e*cas, n. pl.; sing. {Seneca}. (Ethnol.) A tribe of Indians who formerly inhabited a part of Western New York. This tribe was the most numerous and most warlike of the Five Nations. [1913 Webster] {Seneca grass}(Bot.), holy grass. See …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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