alkanet

noun
al·​ka·​net | \ ˈal-kə-ˌnet How to pronounce alkanet (audio) \

Definition of alkanet

1a : a European plant (Alkanna tinctoria) of the borage family also : its root
b : a red dyestuff prepared from the root
2 : a Eurasian plant (Anchusa officinalis) of the borage family with delicate usually blue flowers

First Known Use of alkanet

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for alkanet

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

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“Alkanet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alkanet. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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alkanet

noun
al·​ka·​net | \ ˈal-kə-ˌnet How to pronounce alkanet (audio) \

Medical Definition of alkanet

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

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