Definition of henna in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈhɛnə


[mass noun]
  • 1A reddish-brown dye made from the powdered leaves of a tropical shrub, used to colour the hair and decorate the body.
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    • Unlike black and red henna, which dye your hair, neutral henna just adds body and shine.
    • I used to love coloring my hair red with henna, but finally quit doing it.
    • Most people in November were wearing leather coats, as you see throughout Europe, and the women, most of whom were brunettes, had dyed their hair with henna.
  • 2The Old World shrub which produces henna, with small pink, red, or white flowers.
    • Lawsonia inermis, family Lythraceae
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    • Originally, natural dyes from amla, henna, pomegranate, indigo and turmeric were used to dye the silk.
    • It uses the coloring properties of henna, a bushlike herb that grows throughout Africa and the Middle East.
    • The herbs illam and henna were used by women to soften and beautify their skin.

verb (hennas, hennaing, hennaed)

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  • Dye (hair) with henna: Renee hennaed my hair the night before the interview
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    • She had her hennaed hair in a bun, running around, looking young and beautiful.
    • It is not uncommon for brides and their friends to take over a bathhouse the night before the big day and go through the rituals of washing, depilation and even hennaing the hair.
    • Her hair is hennaed to cover the grey and her figure was long ago permanently shrouded in a shapeless dress.


early 17th century: from Arabic ḥinnā'.

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