- a perennial plant (Alkanna tinctoria) of the borage family, found in SE Europe and Asia Minor
- the root of this plant, which yields a red dye
- the dark-red coloring matter, CHO, present in this root
- any of several other plants (genus Anchusa) of the borage family, grown for their red dyes or as garden plants
Origin of alkanetMiddle English alknet ; from Spanish alcaneta, diminutive of alcana ; from Arabic al-?inn??, the henna
- a. A European perennial herb (Alkanna tinctoria) having cymes of blue flowers and red roots.b. The root of this plant or the red dye extracted from the root.
- Any of various hairy plants of the Eurasian genus Anchusa, having blue or violet flowers grouped on elongated cymes.
Origin of alkanetMiddle English, from Old Spanish alcaneta, diminutive of alcana, henna, from Medieval Latin alchanna, from Arabic al-&hlowdot;inna’, the henna : al-, the + &hlowdot;inna’, henna; see henna.
(countable and uncountable, plural alkanets)
Diminutive of Spanish alcana, alhea.