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  1. the art or practice of painting elaborate patterns on the skin with henna.
  2. a design or designs so made.

Origin of mehndi

1995-2000; < Hindi < Sanskrit mendī the henna plant
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Historical Examples

  • The name of the Mahdeles is said to be derived from the mehndi or henna plant.

    The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV

    R.V. Russell

British Dictionary definitions for mehndi


  1. (esp in India) the practice of painting designs on the hands, feet, etc using henna

Word Origin

C20: from Hindi
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