al·​kan·​na | \ alˈkanə \

Definition of alkanna

1 capitalized : a genus of herbs (family Boraginaceae) native to southern Europe with funnel-shaped flowers and pitted or wrinkled nutlets
2 or less commonly alkenna \ -​ke-​ \ plural -s : henna sense 1

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First Known Use of alkanna

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for alkanna

New Latin, from Spanish alcana henna (shrub), from Medieval Latin alchanna, from Arabic al-ḥinnā' the henna

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“Alkanna.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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