Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

alkanet

play
noun al·ka·net \ˈal-kə-ˌnet\

Definition of alkanet

  1. 1 a :  a European plant (Alkanna tinctoria) of the borage family; also :  its root b :  a red dyestuff prepared from the root

  2. 2 :  a Eurasian plant (Anchusa officinalis) of the borage family with delicate usually blue flowers



Origin and Etymology of alkanet

Middle English, from Medieval Latin alcannetta, from Arabic al-ḥanna, al-ḥinnā' the henna


First Known Use: 14th century


Medical Dictionary

alkanet

play
noun al·ka·net \ˈal-kə-ˌnet\

Medical Definition of alkanet

  1. 1:  a European plant (Alkanna tinctoria) of the borage family; also :  its root

  2. 2:  a red dyestuff prepared from the root




Learn More about alkanet

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of alkanet Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about alkanet


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up alkanet? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a jerking and twitching of the body

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

two-chairs-on-a-pier-by-the-ocean-in-summer

Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?

vernal brumal estival hiemal
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ