A dyeing matter obtained from the roots of Alkanna tinctoria which gives a fine deep red colorization
- perennial or biennial natural herb cultivated for its fragile generally blue blossoms
- A dyeing matter extracted from the roots of Alkanna tinctoria, which provides a superb deep red colorization.
- A boraginaceous herb (Alkanna tinctoria) yielding the dye; orchanet.
- The comparable plant Anchusa officinalis; bugloss; also, the Us puccoon.
"dye material from bugloss plant roots," early 14c., from Spanish alcaneta, diminutive of alcana, from Arabic al-hinna (see henna). Given that title of the plant it self, from 1560s.
(n.) A dyeing matter obtained from the roots of Alkanna tinctoria, which provides a fine deep red colorization.
- (n.) A boraginaceous natural herb (Alkanna tinctoria) producing the dye; orchanet.
- (n.) The similar plant Anchusa officinalis; bugloss; also, the American puccoon.
Thus in borage it is rotate, tubular in comfrey, funnel-shaped in hounds-tongue, and salvershaped in alkanet (Anchusa); the throat is often closed by scale-like outgrowths from the corolla, forming the so-called corona.