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ˈsɛn əsen·na

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sennanoun

    any of various plants of the genus Senna having pinnately compound leaves and showy usually yellow flowers; many are used medicinally


  1. sennanoun

    Any of several plants of the tribe Cassieae, especially those of the genera Cassia and Senna, whose leaves and pods are used as a purgative and laxative

  2. sennanoun

    The dried leaves or pods of these plants (especially of Cassia angustifolia or Cassia acutifolia) used medicinally

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sennanoun

    A physical tree.

    Etymology: sena, Latin.

    The flower, for the most part, consists of five leaves, which are placed orbicularly, and expand in form of a rose: the pointal afterwards becomes a plain, incurved, bivalve pod, which is full of seeds, each being separated by a double thin membrane. The species are three. The third sort, that used in medicine, is at present very rare. Philip Miller.

    What rhubarb, senna, or what purgative drug,
    Would scour these English hence! William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Senna tree is of two sorts: the bastard senna, and the scorpion senna, both which yield a pleasant leaf and flower. John Mortimer.


  1. senna

    Senna is a type of plant characterized by its yellow flowers and pinnate leaves, which belong to the legume family, Fabaceae. Certain species of Senna are used in herbal medicine due to their laxative properties. The leaves and pods of the plant are typically used in the preparation of medicinal products.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sennanoun

    the leaves of several leguminous plants of the genus Cassia. (C. acutifolia, C. angustifolia, etc.). They constitute a valuable but nauseous cathartic medicine

  2. Sennanoun

    the plants themselves, native to the East, but now cultivated largely in the south of Europe and in the West Indies

  3. Etymology: [Cf. It. & Sp. sena, Pg. sene, F. sn; all fr. Ar. san.]


  1. Senna

    Senna, the sennas, is a large genus of flowering plants in the family Fabaceae, subfamily Caesalpinioideae. This diverse genus is native throughout the tropics, with a small number of species reaching into temperate regions. The number of species is usually estimated to be about 260, but some authors believe that there are as many as 350. The type species for the genus is Senna alexandrina. About 50 species of Senna are known in cultivation.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Senna

    sen′a, n. the purgative dried leaflets of several species of cassia. [Fr.,—Ar. sena.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SENNA

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Senna is ranked #41100 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Senna surname appeared 530 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Senna.

    80.9% or 429 total occurrences were White.
    8.1% or 43 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    4.9% or 26 total occurrences were Black.
    3% or 16 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.7% or 9 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.3% or 7 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of senna in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of senna in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of senna in a Sentence

  1. Amy Winehouse:

    When I first saw the Senna film I thought 'This is it. I'm looking at history here', the way they have cut it, (in) the last third of the film I'm hardly in it, giving the impression that we weren't there and that's what so disappointing ... Everyone knows that I was with Amy all the time.

  2. Lewis Hamilton:

    It just feels very surreal, i remember watching the races when I was five, I remember the first time driving a go-kart and watching Ayrton Senna and wanting to one day be like Ayrton Senna. I always said as a karter I want to do something similar to what Ayrton Senna’s done.

  3. Formula One:

    I've come second twice and fourth once. That's not good, especially as Ayrton Senna won it so many times, so I've got to get on it.

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