alkanet


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al·ka·net

 (ăl′kə-nĕt′)
n.
1.
a. A European perennial herb (Alkanna tinctoria) having cymes of blue flowers and red roots.
b. The root of this plant or the red dye extracted from the root.
2. Any of various hairy plants of the Eurasian genus Anchusa, having blue or violet flowers grouped on elongated cymes.

[Middle English, from Old Spanish alcaneta, diminutive of alcana, henna, from Medieval Latin alchanna, from Arabic al-ḥinnā', the henna : al-, the + ḥinnā', henna; see henna.]

alkanet

(ˈælkəˌnɛt)
n
1. (Plants) a European boraginaceous plant, Alkanna tinctoria, the roots of which yield a red dye
2. (Dyeing) Also called: anchusin or alkannin the dye obtained from this plant
3. (Plants) any of certain hairy blue-flowered Old World plants of the boraginaceous genus Anchusa (or Pentaglottis), such as A. sempervirens of Europe. See also bugloss
4. (Plants) another name for puccoon1
[C14: from Spanish alcaneta, diminutive of alcana henna, from Medieval Latin alchanna, from Arabic al the + hinnā' henna]

al•ka•net

(ˈæl kəˌnɛt)

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 related plants cultivated for red dye or as an ornamental.
[1300–50; Middle English < Old Spanish alcaneta]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.alkanet - perennial or biennial herb cultivated for its delicate usually blue flowersalkanet - perennial or biennial herb cultivated for its delicate usually blue flowers
anchusa - any of various Old World herbs of the genus Anchusa having one-sided clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers
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THE bright sapphire blue flowers of alkanet catch my eye every day in the garden.
COMMON BUGLOSS (or alkanet anchusa officinalis) THE last 10 days have seen me undertake an adventurous trek - around the courtyard gardens of Marrakech, on a train past the arid plains to Tangiers, by boat to view the coast of Spain, stopping off briefly to appreciate summer in Manchester and Wicklow.
Ingredients 1 tbsp sweet almond oil 1 tbsp coconut oil 1 tbsp jojoba oil 1 tbsp cocoa butter 1 heaped tbsp grated beeswax 1 tsp vitamin E oil 11/2 tsp powdered herb (choose from powdered beetroot, alkanet root, cocoa or hibiscus).