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

Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of alkanna was in the 15th century

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“Alkanna.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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