Definition of henna
1 : a reddish-brown dye obtained from leaves of the henna plant and used especially on hair and in temporary tattoos
2 : an Old World tropical shrub or small tree (Lawsonia inermis) of the loosestrife family with small opposite leaves and panicles of fragrant usually white flowers
Recent Examples of henna from the Web
There is a collection of camels sitting in the sand, ready to ride; a henna artist to adorn arms and hands with intricate designs; and a row of hookahs for post-dinner puffing.
Nearby, other larger-than-life-size women feature equally luxuriant tresses, teeming with syncretic mixtures of colorful birds, fireworks, henna designs, snakes, chains, panthers, clenched fists and figures with batons.
At the World Refugee Day Celebration on Saturday in City Heights, there was Iraqi dancing, Burmese traditional music, henna tattooing and bedazzled headscarves for sale.
The event will feature music performed by members of Akron's immigrant community, including Nepali folk band Druk Fusion, as well as cultural food from local restaurants, drinks, henna tattoos and a silent auction.
The sixth annual festival hosted by the Central Alabama Caribbean American Organization (CACAO) had 30 vendors that ranged from merchants selling African fabric to artists creating intricate henna tattoos.
Touring does have perks for Luna, though, as the family made a trip to the Miami Seaquarium in between shows in May. The adorable tot even tagged along as her mom received an impromptu henna tattoo with a stranger in Miami a couple days later.
What’s the significance of having a henna tattoo on the bump?
The 35-year-old singer showed off a henna tattoo on her belly, in a two-piece outfit an matching, while Jay rocked an all white ensemble and an Africa medallion.
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Origin and Etymology of henna
First Known Use: 1600See Words from the same year
Definition of henna
: to dye with henna a woman with hennaed hair
First Known Use of henna
HENNA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of henna for English Language Learners
: a reddish-brown dye used especially for coloring hair or skin
Medical Definition of henna
1: an Old World tropical shrub or small tree (Lawsonia inermis) of the loosestrife family (Lythraceae) with clusters of fragrant white flowers
2: a reddish brown dye obtained from the leaves of the henna plant and used especially on hair and in temporary tattoos
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