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Tinnevelly senna

[ti-nev-uh-lee, tin-uh-vel-ee] /tɪˈnɛv ə li, ˈtɪn əˌvɛl i/
noun
1.
See under senna (def 2).
Origin
after Tinnevelly (Tirunelveli), town and district in Tamil Nadu state, India

senna

[sen-uh] /ˈsɛn ə/
noun
1.
any plant, shrub, or tree belonging to the genus Cassia, of the legume family, having pinnate leaves and large clusters of flowers.
2.
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.
Origin
1535-45; < Neo-Latin < Arabic sanā
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British Dictionary definitions for Tinnevelly senna

senna

/ˈsɛnə/
noun
1.
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
2.
senna leaf, the dried leaflets of any of these plants, used as a cathartic and laxative
3.
senna pods, the dried fruits of any of these plants, used as a cathartic and laxative
See also bladder senna
Word Origin
C16: via New Latin from Arabic sanā

Senna

/ˈsɛnə/
noun
1.
Ayrton (ˈɛətən). 1960–94, Brazilian racing driver: world champion (1988, 1990, 1991)
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Word Origin and History for Tinnevelly senna

senna

n.

tropical shrub, 1540s, from Modern Latin senna, from Arabic sana. Earlier was sene (c.1400), from French.

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