alkanet

noun

al·​ka·​net ˈal-kə-ˌnet How to pronounce alkanet (audio)
1
a
: 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

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of alkanet was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Alkanet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alkanet. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

alkanet

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