Henna

Hen"na

(?), n. [Ar. hinn alcanna (Lawsonia inermis syn. Lawsonia alba). Cf. Alcanna, Alkanet, Orchanet.]
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1. (Bot.) A thorny tree or shrub of the genus Lawsonia (Lawsonia alba). The fragrant white blossoms are used by the Buddhists in religious ceremonies. The powdered leaves furnish a red coloring matter used in the East to stain the nails and fingers, the manes of horses, etc.
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2. (Com.) The leaves of the henna plant, or a preparation or dyestuff made from them.
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