[ hen-uh ]
/ ˈhɛn ə /


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.

verb (used with object), hen·naed, hen·na·ing.

to tint or dye with henna.

Origin of henna

First recorded in 1590–1600, henna is from the Arabic word hinnā'
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British Dictionary definitions for hennaing

/ (ˈhɛnə) /


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
Archaic name (for senses 1, 2): camphire

Word Origin for henna

C16: from Arabic hinnā'; see alkanet
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