American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various plants of the genus Cassia, having pinnately compound leaves and showy, nearly regular, usually yellow flowers.
- n. The dried leaves of Cassia angustifolia or C. acutifolia, used medicinally as a laxative.
- New Latin, from Arabic sanā; akin to Aramaic sanyā, a thorn-bush. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Arghel_ are used for adulterating senna, _Cassia obovata_ or _C. senna_, also a native of Egypt, cultivated in the East Indies, as well as in Spain, Italy, and Jamaica.”
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“ _Cañafístulo_: referring to the drug known as senna, which is obtained from the leaves of several species of _Cassia_.”
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“I have specimens of the leaves of the officinal senna, which is cultivated successfully by Mr.W. Lucas, of South Carolina, for use on his plantation.”
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“J. and I have just discovered what the eco-nuts who sell us our henna have not been telling us about the ingredients for some time: The red henna J. prefers isn't actually henna, it's italian senna, which isn't a hair dye at all, just a mild colourant and conditioner, and the deep red colour comes from an un-stated amount of sodium picramate added to the mix - and sodium picramate is a really unstable relative of picric acid, one of the all time unstable dangerous explosives.”
“By domesticae, he means those simple uncompounded purgatives which everybody can administer to themselves; such as senna-tea, stewed prunes and senria, chewing a little rhubarb, or dissolving an ounce and a half of manna in fair water, with the juice of a lemon to make it palatable.”
“Cannot you recall many a wry face; cannot you remember how unpleasant the after sensations when stern, but kind mothers forced a nauseous decoction called "senna" down your widely-gaping throat?”
“It is certain, however, that through them various new and useful drugs, such as senna, aconite, rhubarb, camphor, and mercury, were handed down through the Middle Ages, and that they are responsible for the introduction of alcohol in the field of therapeutics.”
“domesticae', he means those simple uncompounded purgatives which everybody can administer to themselves; such as senna-tea, stewed prunes and senria, chewing a little rhubarb, or dissolving an ounce and a half of manna in fair water, with the juice of a lemon to make it palatable.”
“Knowing him for what he was, she gave him the senna-stained tips of her warm fingers to kiss, and he thought she trembled when he touched them.”
“I was thinking of going with senna tabs instead of the tea.”
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