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alkanet Line breaks: al¦ka|net
Pronunciation: /ˈalkənɛt/

Definition of alkanet in English:


A Eurasian plant of the borage family, typically having a hairy stem and blue flowers.
  • Anchusa and other genera, family Boraginaceae: several species, including the European A. officinalis
Example sentences
  • Old English names are (dyer's) alkanet and orcanet.
  • She might have finished the look with saffron eye shadow and lip balm tinted with ocher and alkanet root.
  • A fine color is obtained by previously washing the alkanet with water and then thoroughly drying it before suspending it in the fat or oil.


Middle English: from colloquial Arabic al-ḥannat (classical Arabic al-ḥinnā') 'the henna shrub'.

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