senna

noun
sen·​na | \ ˈse-nə How to pronounce senna (audio) \

Definition of senna

1 : any of a genus (Cassia synonym Senna) of leguminous herbs, shrubs, and trees native to warm regions : cassia sense 2 especially : one used medicinally
2 : the dried leaflets or pods of various sennas (especially Cassia angustifolia synonym Senna alexandrina) used as a purgative

Examples of senna in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other recent blooms include a native grass called needle grama, brittle creosote, desert senna, Acton encelia or brittlebush, and big galleta grass. Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2021 Parts of the desert basin received enough rain in July and August that some spring perennials such as desert senna and Acton encelia, or brittlebush, may have a second bloom. Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 Metoclopramide, bisacodyl, polyethylene glycol, lactulose and senna leaf extract to treat digestive issues. USA Today, 14 Mar. 2021 In reality, nearly all of these teas contain a herb called senna, which is a natural laxative. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, 6 Mar. 2020 Made with ingredients such as alma oil, senna leaf extract and cupuacu butter, the mask is used in-shower after shampooing your hair. Atlanta Life, ajc, 18 July 2017 The fitness star quotes a description of Flat Tummy Tea’s main ingredients, including senna, a plant that can have laxative effects (and appears in the brand's Cleanse Tea). Sarah Klein, Health.com, 2 Aug. 2017 The fitness star quotes a description of Flat Tummy Tea’s main ingredients, including senna, a plant that can have laxative effects (and appears in the brand’s Cleanse Tea). Sarah Klein, PEOPLE.com, 2 Aug. 2017 And some of the excitement was because of the new ingredient in the formula, Indian senna seed, which is a natural alternative to hyaluronic acid. Emily Barth Isler, Allure, 18 July 2017

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First Known Use of senna

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for senna

New Latin, from Arabic sanā

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18 Oct 2021

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“Senna.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/senna. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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senna

noun
sen·​na | \ ˈsen-ə How to pronounce senna (audio) \

Medical Definition of senna

1 : any of a genus (Cassia synonym Senna) of leguminous plants of warm regions especially : one used medicinally
2 : the dried leaflets or pods of various sennas (especially Cassia angustifolia synonym Senna alexandrina) used as a purgative

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