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a. A tree or shrub (Lawsonia inermis) of the Middle East, having fragrant white or reddish flowers.
b. A reddish-brown dyestuff prepared from the dried and ground leaves of this plant, used especially in South and Southwest Asia and North Africa to color leather and fabrics, to dye hair, and to decorate the skin.
c. A design drawn on the skin with this dyestuff.
2. A moderate or strong reddish brown to strong brown.
tr.v. hen·naed, hen·na·ing, hen·nas
To dye (hair or skin, for example) with henna.
[Arabic ḥinnā'; akin to ḥana'a, to become green.]
1. (Plants) a lythraceous shrub or tree, Lawsonia inermis, of Asia and N Africa, with white or reddish fragrant flowers
2. (Dyeing) a reddish dye obtained from the powdered leaves of this plant, used as a cosmetic and industrial dye
3. (Colours) a reddish-brown or brown colour
vbArchaic name (for senses 1, 2): camphire
(Dyeing) (tr) to dye with henna
[C16: from Arabic hinnā'; see alkanet]
n., pl. -nas, n.
1. an Asian shrub or small tree, Lawsonia inermis, of the loosestrife family, having elliptic leaves and fragrant flowers.
2. a reddish orange dye made from the leaves of this plant, used esp. in coloring the hair.
3. a color between red-brown and orange-brown.v.t.
4. to tint or dye with henna.
[1590–1600; < Arabic ḥinnā']
Past participle: hennaed
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|Noun||1.||henna - a reddish brown dye used especially on hair|
|Verb||1.||henna - apply henna to one's hair; "She hennas her hair every month"|