What does alkanet mean?

alkanet meaning in General Dictionary

A dyeing matter obtained from the roots of Alkanna tinctoria which gives a fine deep red colorization

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  • 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.

alkanet meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"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.


alkanet meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) A dyeing matter obtained from the roots of Alkanna tinctoria, which provides a fine deep red colorization.

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  • (n.) A boraginaceous natural herb (Alkanna tinctoria) producing the dye; orchanet.
  • (n.) The similar plant Anchusa officinalis; bugloss; also, the American puccoon.

Sentence Examples with the word alkanet

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.

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