[ al-kuh-net ]
/ ˈæl kəˌnɛt /


a European plant, Alkanna tinctoria, of the borage family.
the root of this plant, yielding a red dye.
the dye itself.
any of several similar hairy plants, as the bugloss, Anchusa officinalis, or a puccoon of the genus Lithospermum.

Origin of alkanet

1300–50; Middle English < Old Spanish alcaneta, equivalent to alcan(a) henna (plant) (< Medieval Latin alchanna < Arabic al the + hinnā̉ henna) + -eta diminutive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for alkanet

/ (ˈælkəˌnɛt) /


a European boraginaceous plant, Alkanna tinctoria, the roots of which yield a red dye
Also called: anchusin, alkannin the dye obtained from this plant
any of certain hairy blue-flowered Old World plants of the boraginaceous genus Anchusa (or Pentaglottis), such as A. sempervirens of EuropeSee also bugloss
another name for puccoon (def. 1)

Word Origin for alkanet

C14: from Spanish alcaneta, diminutive of alcana henna, from Medieval Latin alchanna, from Arabic al the + hinnā' henna
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