henna

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v henna apply henna to one's hair "She hennas her hair every month"
    • n henna a reddish brown dye used especially on hair
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Henna (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.
    • Henna (Com) The leaves of the henna plant, or a preparation or dyestuff made from them.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n henna The Egyptian privet or flower of Paradise, Lawsonia inermis, of the natural order Lythrarieœ, a shrub bearing opposite entire leaves and numerous small and fragrant white flowers. It was called by Mohammed “chief of the flowers of this world and the next.” It is cultivated extensively in Egypt. The powdered leaves form a large article of export to Persia and the Turkish possessions, where they are used as a dye, and in the form of a paste as a cosmetic. (See def. 2.) They produce a reddish-brown color, and in Europe are employed in dyeing leather. Henna is considered the best hedge-plant in India.
    • n henna A paste made from the leaves of this plant by mixture with catechu, used in the East by women to stain their nails, finger-tips, and eyelids. and by men to dye their beards. The reddish-orange color it imparts is not permanent. It is often deepened to black by the addition of other ingredients.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Henna hen′a a small Oriental shrub of the loosestrife family, with fragrant white flowers: a pigment made from the shrub for dyeing the nails and hair.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Ar. hinnā, alcanna (Lawsonia inermis syn. Lawsonia alba). Cf. Alcanna Alkanet Orchanet
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ar. henna.

Usage

In literature:

It must be very strong henna-dye.
"The Eyes of Asia" by Rudyard Kipling
They mess themselves about with henna.
"In Mesopotamia" by Martin Swayne
Her feet were in slippers, and two or three ugly rings deformed her white and slender fingers, the nails of which were dyed with henna.
"Journal of a Visit to Constantinople and Some of the Greek Islands in the Spring and Summer of 1833" by John Auldjo
It looked like a child's hair dyed with henna, as one sees it in Algeria.
"The Works of Theophile Gautier, Volume 5" by Theophile Gautier
The dyeing of the nails with henna is a very ancient custom.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
I sold her some henna shampoo and a box of bronze hairpins.
"The Comings of Cousin Ann" by Emma Speed Sampson
Lois hooted as she tapped a cigarette end against her hennaed thumb-nail.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
The tips of the fingers shade to a deep rose color, such as is imparted by the henna of the Orientals.
"A Romance of the West Indies" by Eugène Sue
Henna's the stuff for you.
"Coquette" by Frank Swinnerton
Henna-dyed nails are considered irresistible in Turkey, but your opalescent ones attract me infinitely more pleasantly.
"Vashti" by Augusta J. Evans Wilson
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In poetry:

Rosy hands, and hennaed fingers,
Nails whereon the onyx lingers,
Clasped, as at a lover's tale,
In the bosom's marble vale.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
What do you weigh, O ye vendors?
Saffron and lentil and rice.
What do you grind, O ye maidens?
Sandalwood, henna, and spice.
What do you call , O ye pedlars?
Chessmen and ivory dice.
"In The Bazaars of Hyderabad" by Sarojini Naidu

In news:

Temporary henna tattoo leaves permanent impression.
Among the international melange that makes up the Washington area, many whose ancestors were immersed in the practice of henna have brought the old traditions to the new world.
Ancient art of henna painting practiced at Chattanooga Market Culture Fest.
It's a paste-like substance that can be applied to temporarily stain your skin GL found the perfect recipe for homemade henna that everyone can use.
Pregnant Alanis Morissette Covers Belly in Henna Tattoos.
On Thursday, the 36-year-old singer posted a photo of her growing baby bump adorned in Henna tattoos on Twitter.
'The Henna Project' at Smith Memorial Student Union.
Go hippy with homemade henna.
Henna is your new BFF.
'The Henna Project' at Smith Memorial Student Union .
Henna Aaltonen for The New York Times.
Ziba also did henna tattoos and hair and makeup for bridal parties.
She had an art gallery and healing center for several years where she practiced Reiki, a Japanese healing art , and often administered henna designs on customers.
9/11 'mastermind' did not get henna or other dye to color his beard at Guantanamo.
An Indian Hindu woman laughs as she sits as artists paint traditional designs with henna on her hands ahead of the Hindu festival 'Karwa Chauth' in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Nov 1, 2012.
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