from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tree or shrub (Lawsonia inermis) of the Middle East, having fragrant white or reddish flowers.
- n. A reddish-orange dyestuff prepared from the dried and ground leaves of this plant, used as a cosmetic dye and for coloring leather and fabrics.
- n. A moderate or strong reddish brown to strong brown.
- transitive v. To dye (hair, for example) with henna.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A shrub, Lawsonia inernis, having fragrant reddish flowers
- n. A reddish plant substance, prepared from the dried leaves of this plant, used for temporary tattoos and hair coloring. Hair colorings range from bright red to earth brown to near black.
- n. A rich reddish-brown colour.
- adj. Of a rich reddish-brown colour.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. The leaves of the henna plant, or a preparation or dyestuff made from them.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. apply henna to one's hair
- n. a reddish brown dye used especially on hair
Arabic ḥinnā'; akin to ḥana'a, to become green.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Arabic حِنّاء (ḥinnāʾ), the name of the tree used to make the dye, probably from Persian. (Wiktionary)