from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A European perennial herb (Alkanna tinctoria) having cymes of blue flowers and red roots.
- n. The root of this plant or the red dye extracted from the root.
- n. Any of various hairy plants of the Eurasian genus Anchusa, having blue or violet flowers grouped on elongated cymes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Alkanna tinctoria, a plant whose root is used as a dye.
- n. The dyeing matter extracted from the plant, giving a deep red colour.
- n. A boraginaceous herb (Alkanna tinctoria) yielding a dye; orchanet.
- n. The similar plant Anchusa officinalis; bugloss.
- n. The American puccoon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A dyeing matter extracted from the roots of Alkanna tinctoria, which gives a fine deep red color.
- n. A boraginaceous herb (Alkanna tinctoria) yielding the dye; orchanet.
- n. The similar plant Anchusa officinalis; bugloss; also, the American puccoon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The root of a boraginaceous herb, Alkanna (Anchusa) tinctoria, yielding a red dye, for which the plant is cultivated in central and southern Europe.
- n. The plant which yields the dye, Alkanna tinctoria. Also called orcanet and Spanish bugloss.
- n. A name of similar plants of other genera.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. perennial or biennial herb cultivated for its delicate usually blue flowers
It is prepared by precipitating an alcoholic extract of the root of the _Anchusa tinctoria_, commonly known as alkanet, a plant growing in the Levant, and some other warm countries.
Lit. “enamelled or painted with anchusa or alkanet,” a plant, the wild bugloss, whose root yields a red dye.
Another powder for the same ulcers: - The black chamaeleon, when prepared with the juice of the fig. It is to be prepared roasted, and alkanet mixed with it.
"A wedding," said Cadfael seriously, stacking away jars of salves and bottles of lotion made from alkanet, anemone, mint, figwort, and the grains of oats and barley, most of them herbs of Venus and the moon, "a wedding is the crux of two lives, and therefore no mean matter."
She put divers herbs in it, herbs yielding coloured juices such as safflower and alkanet, and soapwort and fleawort to give consistency or 'body' to the lye; she put in alum and blue vitriol (or sulphate of copper), and she put in blood.
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= — One of the most powerful stimulants for the growth of the hair is the following: Take a quarter of an ounce of the chippings of alkanet root, tie in a scrap of coarse muslin, and suspend it in a jar containing eight ounces of sweet oil for a week, covering it from the dust.
= — Lard, twenty-six ounces; white wax, two ounces; nitre and alum in fine powder, of each one-half ounce; alkanet to color.
-- Castor oil, alcohol, each 1 pint; tinct. cantharides, 1 ounce; oil bergamot, 1/2 ounce; alkanet coloring, to color as wished.
The first group embraces logwood, orchil, alkanet, and aniline violets, including under the latter term
Hydrochloric acid, whether dilute or concentrated, is without action on alkanet violet.