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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - Perennial bushy herb of central and southern United States having white flowers with green centers and often purple crest; Dried root of two plants of the genus Polygala containing an irritating saponin.

Usage examples (11)
  • Bigelow says the decoction is sudorific and expectorant, and he considers it a good substitute for senega.
  • I have observed the good effects of both this and the senega snakeroot (Polygala senega) in this affection.
  • II. therefore, gum senega was allowed to be imported (contrary to the general dispositions of the act of navigation), from any part of Europe.
  • Dr.A. E. Ross speaks highly of its use as an expectorant, ranking it in this respect with senega; he found it especially useful in the bronchitis of children. for more
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