Seneca root

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Seneca root (Bot) the rootstock of an American species of milkworth (Polygala Senega) having an aromatic but bitter taste. It is often used medicinally as an expectorant and diuretic, and, in large doses, as an emetic and cathartic.
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Usage

In literature:

Bayle's whole argument is rooted in the prophecy of Seneca.
"History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom" by Andrew Dickson White
Like the seneca root, it tasted hot and pungent, with something of the flavour of spirits of camphor.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
Seneca Snakeroot is often much adulterated with the roots of other species of Polygala and of other plants.
"Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
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