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.
Jacob Bernstein on why the Academy snubbed Bill Cunningham New York, senna, and other crowd-pleasers.
Oscar’s Documentary Myopia: Popular Films Don’t Get Nominated Jacob Bernstein February 1, 2012
Every visit was duly put down in the ledger and charged for—as poor little senna will tell you.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 104, March 18, 1893 Various
“Off with that old senna T-pot,” said Burr major scornfully.
Burr Junior G. Manville Fenn
Regularly every year come the Zulus in force to senna and Shupanga for the accustomed tribute.
A Popular Account of Dr. Livingstone’s Expedition to the Zambesi and Its Tributaries David Livingstone
If the senna is distasteful a smaller quantity may be used at first.
The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
Prunes and figs cooked with senna leaves are likewise simple laxatives which are both palatable and effective.
Dietetics for Nurses Fairfax T. Proudfit
When at senna, in the Makololo country, a woman was seized by a crocodile.
Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
senna, acidulated with lemon juice or tamarinds, answered sometimes remarkably well, when the stomach could retain it.
North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826 Various
It is said to have been composed chiefly of senna and fennel leaves.
The Mystery and Romance of Alchemy and Pharmacy Charles John Samuel Thompson
Calomel three grains every third day, with infusion of senna.
Zoonomia, Vol. II Erasmus Darwin
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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tropical shrub, 1540s, from Modern Latin senna, from Arabic sana. Earlier was sene (c.1400), from French.
a female given name, form of . Historical Examples When they reached their house Alexandrina had a headache, and went up to her room immediately. The Small House at Allington Anthony Trollope There was a girl, the daughter of the steward; her name was Alexandrina. The Intoxicated Ghost Arlo Bates She had endured for years, […]
- Alexandrine rat
(often lowercase) a verse or line of poetry of twelve syllables. (often lowercase) of or relating to such a verse or line. of or relating to , Egypt. Contemporary Examples I’d love to hear that voice of yours revving on some Alexandrine verse. Kathleen Turner’s New Broadway High Kevin Sessums April 16, 2011 Historical Examples […]
the Greek uncial codex, dating from the early 5th century a.d., originally containing the complete text of the Greek Old and New Testaments. Historical Examples For example, Alexandrinus Olympius, another mystic, tried magical arts against Plotinus. Letters on Literature Andrew Lang It appears probable that Cyril Lucar had brought it with Alexandrinus. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th […]
a variety of chrysoberyl, green by daylight and red-violet by artificial light, used as a gem. Historical Examples This species furnishes us alexandrite, chrysoberyl cat’s-eye and less valuable chrysoberyls of yellowish-green color. A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public Frank Bertram Wade I think I’ll send that alexandrite as a sort […]