henna

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noun

hen·​na ˈhe-nə How to pronounce henna (audio)
1
: a reddish-brown dye that is used especially on hair and in temporary tattoos and is obtained from the leaves of an Old World tropical shrub or small tree
2
: the Old World tropical shrub or small tree (Lawsonia inermis) of the loosestrife family that yields henna dye and has small opposite leaves and clusters of fragrant usually white flowers

henna

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verb

hennaed; hennaing; hennas

transitive verb

: to dye with henna
a woman with hennaed hair

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
As the months passed in her new home in Afghanistan, the girl loved getting henna painted on her hands and dressing up in new clothes, the Afghan couple said. Anchorage Daily News, 20 Oct. 2022 There will also be henna and airbrush tattoo artists. Hannah Kirby, Journal Sentinel, 23 Sep. 2022 Artists will create henna temporary tattoos for visitors, which is an Egyptian tradition. Myrna Petlicki, Chicago Tribune, 9 Sep. 2022 At a May show at the Sultan Room, an Eritrean henna artist drew intricate patterns on a man’s palm while partygoers danced to R&B and Lebanese pop. New York Times, 16 July 2022 The lounge is hosting its First Friday event from 8 to 11 p.m. with live music and painting, henna art and tarot readings. Sofia Krusmark, The Arizona Republic, 6 Aug. 2022 The bride, whose hands and feet were decorated with henna, wore a maroon and gold lehenga, and the groom a cream and white sherwani. New York Times, 17 June 2022 Yoga, shamanic healing, acupuncture, massage, henna, facials, and chakra portraits are some of the services and treatments offered in the Wellness Center. Outside Online, 22 June 2014 Kids can partake in face panting, henna, and plenty more as the evening ticks along. Blaine Callahan, Hartford Courant, 14 June 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Arabic ḥinnā'

First Known Use

Noun

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of henna was in 1600

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Cite this Entry

“Henna.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/henna. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

henna 1 of 2

noun

hen·​na ˈhen-ə How to pronounce henna (audio)
: a reddish brown dye obtained from the leaves of an Old World tropical shrub and used especially on hair

henna

2 of 2

verb

hennaed
ˈhen-əd
; hennaing
: to dye or tint with henna

Medical Definition

henna

noun

hen·​na ˈhen-ə How to pronounce henna (audio)
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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