alkanet (n.) "dye material from bugloss plant roots," early 14c., from Sp. alcaneta, dim. of alcana, from Arabic al-hinna (see HENNA (Cf. henna)). As the name of the plant itself, from 1560s.

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  • Alkanet — is the name of several related plants in the borage family (Boraginaceae): Alkanet or common bugloss, Anchusa officinalis Alkanet or dyers bugloss, Alkanna tinctoria, the source of a red dye; the plant most commonly called simply alkanet Various… …   Wikipedia

  • Alkanet — Al ka*net ([a^]l k[.a]*n[e^]t), n. [Dim. of Sp. alcana, alhe[ n]a, in which al is the Ar. article. See {Henna}, and cf. {Orchanet}.] 1. (Chem.) A dyeing matter extracted from the roots of {Alkanna tinctoria}, which gives a fine deep red color.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Alkanet — alkanet; red dye made from the root of a plant so named (or orcanet ); a member of the bugloss family …   Medieval glossary

  • alkanet — [al′kə net΄] n. [ME alknet < Sp alcaneta, dim. of alcana < Ar al ḥinnāʾ, the henna] 1. a) a perennial plant (Alkanna tinctoria) of the borage family, found in SE Europe and Asia Minor b) the root of this plant which yields a red dye c) the… …   English World dictionary

  • alkanet — /al keuh net /, n. 1. a European plant, Alkanna tinctoria, of the borage family. 2. the root of this plant, yielding a red dye. 3. the dye itself. 4. any of several similar hairy plants, as the bugloss, Anchusa officinalis, or a puccoon of the… …   Universalium

  • alkanet — dažinė alkana statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Agurklinių šeimos dažinis, vaistinis augalas (Alkanna tinctoria), paplitęs šiaurės Afrikoje ir pietų Europoje. atitikmenys: lot. Alkanna tinctoria; Alkanna tuberculata angl. alkanet; alkanna;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • alkanet — Bugloss Bu gloss, n.; pl. {Buglosses}. [F. buglosse, L. buglossa, buglossus, fr. Gr. ? oxtongue ? ox + ? tongue.] (Bot.) A plant of the genus {Anchusa}, and especially the {Anchusa officinalis}, sometimes called {alkanet}; oxtongue. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • alkanet — vaistinis godas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Agurklinių šeimos dažinis, dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Anchusa officinalis), paplitęs Europoje ir Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Anchusa officinalis angl. alkanet; bugloss; common bugloss;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • alkanet — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin alcannetta, from Arabic al ḥanna, al ḥinnā the henna Date: 14th century 1. a. a European plant (Alkanna tinctoria) of the borage family; also its root b. a red dyestuff pr …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • alkanet — noun A particular plant whose root is used as a dye …   Wiktionary

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