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1. The application of henna paste in intricate designs to decorate the body, often for wedding celebrations and other festive occasions in South Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa.
2. Decoration on the body made by mehndi.

[Hindi meṃhdī and Urdu menhdī, henna; akin to late Sanskrit mendhī, mendhīkā, of unknown origin.]


1. (Art Terms) (esp in India) the practice of painting designs on the hands, feet, etc using henna
2. (Hairdressing & Grooming) (esp in India) the practice of painting designs on the hands, feet, etc using henna
[C20: from Hindi]


(ˈmɛn di)
1. the art or practice of painting elaborate patterns on the skin with henna.
2. a design or designs so made.
[1995–2000; < Hindi < Skt mendī the henna plant]
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Shoppers have arranged special stalls for bangles, Mehndi and ornaments.
Parents, pupils and sta had their hands painted with Mehndi designs by talented sta and e Health Development Service team, who run the One Body One Life program, in school came in to run an aerobics stand.
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Girls and children can be seen in large numbers around shops of bangles and Mehndi while beauty parlors also made special arrangements for applying Mehndi on hands.
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