Senega root
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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  • senega root — n 1) SENECA SNAKEROOT 2) SENEGA …   Medical dictionary

  • senega-root — 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)

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

  • senega root — noun Etymology: alteration of Seneca root; from its use by the Seneca as a remedy for snakebite Date: circa 1846 1. seneca snakeroot 2. senega …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • senega root — The root of an herb called Polygala senega. It has been used in some cultures to treat certain medical problems, including problems of the respiratory system …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • senega — ☆ senega [sen′i gə ] n. [< Senega (root), var. of SENECA1: from use by the Seneca against snake bites] 1. an E North American milkwort (Polygala senega) with single racemes of white flowers 2. its dried root, formerly used as an expectorant:… …   English World dictionary

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

  • senega — noun 1. dried root of two plants of the genus Polygala containing an irritating saponin • Hypernyms: ↑root • Part Holonyms: ↑Seneca snakeroot, ↑Seneka snakeroot, ↑senga root, ↑senega root, ↑senega snakeroot, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • senega 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)

  • Senega — Sen e*ga, n. (Med.) Seneca root. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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