- an Asian shrub or small tree, Lawsonia inermis, of the loosestrife family, having elliptic leaves and fragrant flowers.
- a reddish-orange dye or cosmetic made from the leaves of this plant.
- a color midway between red-brown and orange-brown.
- to tint or dye with henna.
Origin of henna
Related Wordsfawn, ginger, tan, toast, amber, brick, nut, buff, coffee, drab, dust, bronze, bay, ecru, beige, rust, copper, cinnamon, russet, puce
Examples from the Web for henna
The dyeing of the nails with henna is a very ancient custom.Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
When they are white, the end of the tail and the mane are dyed with henna.The Works of Theophile Gautier, Volume 5
Persons of standing also dye with henna their finger-nails and hands.rminius Vambry, his life and adventures
They smeared their faces with a dye, and painted their eyes with henna.Darkness and Dawn
Frederic W. Farrar
Or the henna hills so far away, or the purple grass they chew.Vignettes Of San Francisco
- a lythraceous shrub or tree, Lawsonia inermis, of Asia and N Africa, with white or reddish fragrant flowers
- a reddish dye obtained from the powdered leaves of this plant, used as a cosmetic and industrial dye
- a reddish-brown or brown colour
- (tr) to dye with henna
Word Origin and History for henna
c.1600, "dye or cosmetic from the henna plant," from Arabic hinna, name for the small thorny tree (Egyptian Privet, Lawsonia inermis), the leaves of which are used to make the reddish dye; said to be of Persian origin. Related: Hennaed (1860).