an Asian shrub or small tree, Lawsonia inermis, of the loosestrife family, having elliptic leaves and fragrant flowers.
a reddish-orange dye or cosmetic made from the leaves of this plant.
a color midway between red-brown and orange-brown.
verb (used with object), hennaed, hennaing.
to tint or dye with henna.

1590–1600; < Arabic hinnā'

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henna (ˈhɛnə)
1.  a lythraceous shrub or tree, Lawsonia inermis, of Asia and N Africa, with white or reddish fragrant flowers
2.  a reddish dye obtained from the powdered leaves of this plant, used as a cosmetic and industrial dye
3.  a reddish-brown or brown colour
4.  (tr) to dye with henna
[C16: from Arabic hinnā'; see alkanet]

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Word Origin & History

1600, from Arabic hinna, name for the small thorny tree (Egyptian Privet, Lawsonia inermis), the leaves of which are used to make the reddish dye; said to be of Persian origin.
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Example sentences
The more dramatic improvement in my hair was achieved with henna.
But the piecemeal efforts to revive ancient trades in frankincense, henna and
  hides do not begin to make up for livestock.
Chamomile brightens blond hair, while henna darkens and colors hair.
The bride's hands and feet may be decorated with intricate henna designs.
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