senega

senega

[sen-i-guh]
noun
1.
the dried root of a milkwort, Polygala senega, of the eastern U.S., used as an expectorant and diuretic.
2.
the plant itself.

Origin:
1730–40; variant of Seneca, from its use by this tribe

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senega (ˈsɛnɪɡə)
 
n
1.  a milkwort plant, Polygala senega, of the eastern US, with small white flowers
2.  the root of this plant, used as an expectorant
 
[C18: variant of Seneca (the Indian tribe)]

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senega sen·e·ga (sěn'ĭ-gə)
n.
The dried roots of the Seneca snakeroot, used medicinally as an expectorant.

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