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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
henna
noun
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▪ Adam had put henna on his hair and that and the sun had turned it reddish-gold.
▪ He liked to sniff the parcel of graduated henna for its strong herby smell.
▪ Her hair was heavily oiled, perfumed and washed again and again in a henna mixture.
▪ How much henna and skin dye does it take to achieve true greatness?
▪ Round in childhood, she became stout in middle age and the auburn of her hair was maintained by henna.
▪ The soles of her feet were dyed with henna, making a brown sandal.
▪ Their nails were painted with henna and the palms of their hands striped with it.
▪ Those were the days before people dyed their hair bright colours, the days of henna.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Henna

Henna \Hen"na\, n. [Ar. hinn[=a] alcanna ( Lawsonia inermis syn. Lawsonia alba). Cf. Alcanna, Alkanet, Orchanet.]

  1. (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.

  2. (Com.) The leaves of the henna plant, or a preparation or dyestuff made from them.

Henna

Lawsonia \Law*so"ni*a\, n. (Bot.) An Asiatic and North African shrub ( Lawsonia inermis), with smooth oval leaves, and fragrant white flowers. Henna is prepared from the leaves and twigs. In England the shrub is called Egyptian privet, and in the West Indies, Jamaica mignonette.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
henna

c.1600, "dye or cosmetic from the henna plant," 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. Related: Hennaed (1860).

Wiktionary
henna
  1. Of a rich reddish-brown colour. n. 1 A shrub, (taxlink Lawsonia inernis species noshow=1), having fragrant reddish flowers 2 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. 3 A rich reddish-brown colour. v

  2. (cx transitive English) To dye or tattoo with henna.

WordNet
henna
  1. n. a reddish brown dye used especially on hair

  2. v. apply henna to one's hair; "She hennas her hair every month"

Wikipedia
Henna (film)

Henna is the name of a 1991 Bollywood film produced and directed by Randhir Kapoor and starring his brother Rishi Kapoor, Ashwini Bhave (both of India) and Zeba Bakhtiyar (of Pakistan) also renowned as Neha Seti. It was shot in Kashmir. This film's project was planned and started by legendary director Raj Kapoor but due to his demise during the filming stage, the remaining portions were directed by his son Randhir Kapoor. Hence, this film is considered as the last film of Raj Kapoor. The dialogues of the film were written by the acclaimed Pakistani writer Haseena Moin. The film was a critical and a commercial success and was also India's submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was not accepted as a nominee.

Henna (disambiguation)

Henna (or Hina) is a flowering plant, from which dyes are made that is utilized for body art. Henna may also refer to:

Henna

Henna (Lawsonia inermis, also known as hina, the henna tree, the mignonette tree, and the Egyptian privet) is a flowering plant and the sole species of the Lawsonia genus. The English name "henna" comes from the Arabic ( ALA-LC: ḥinnāʾ; pronounced ) or, colloquially , loosely pronounced as . The name henna also refers to the dye prepared from the plant and the art of temporary body art (staining) based on those dyes (see also mehndi). Henna has been used since antiquity to dye skin, hair and fingernails, as well as fabrics including silk, wool and leather. The name is used in other skin and hair dyes, such as black henna and neutral henna, neither of which is derived from the henna plant.

Historically, henna was found to be used in the Arabian Peninsula, South Asia, Carthage and other parts of North Africa, and the Horn of Africa. Bridal henna nights remain an important custom in many of these areas, particularly among traditional families.

Henna (song)

"Henna" is a song by Swedish pop artist of Iranian origin Cameron Cartio featuring the raï Algerian singer Khaled (musician). Music was composed by Alex Papaconstantinou to lyrics by Khaled ( Arabic) and Cameron Cartio in Dari language . The song was produced by Alex Papaconstantinou and mastered at Cutting Room in Stockholm.

The song was from the debut album of Cameron Cartio entitled Borderless. The Khaled involvement came after Cameron had broken up with his girlfriend who was a huge Khaled fan. So Cartio, then an aspiring and relatively unknown artist wrote the lyrics in his own conlang and sent them to Khaled, who agreed to add his own part as a tribute to Cartio's ex-girlfriend.

The song was released on Sony/BMG and Universal and for the Arab World on EMI Arabia. In addition to popularity in Sweden and throughout the Iranian diaspora, the song became hugely popular in the Arab World basically because of the involvement of Khaled in the Arab diaspora.

Usage examples of "henna".

She was a dark-skinned Ammonite, her eyelids blackened with kohl, her arms ajingle with crude golden bracelets in the shape of serpents, too many of them, and too noisily jingling, her hair a flamboyant red from the dye of the henna plant.

Supposedly in her bridal tent, lounging in a silken gown among silken cushions with kohl on her eyelids, henna on her fingertips, attar of rose, jasmine, and orange blossom perfuming the air, Zohra instead was standing on the very top of the Tel, dressed in an old caftan and trousers that she had stolen from her father.

He seated himself in an empty chair at the end of the front row, switching around enough so that he had the hennaed woman within view.

The hennaed woman quickly looked back to him with an emphatic triple nod, then smiled triumphantly at the anxious-eyed leader as she faced front again.

She took three deep, heaving breaths, not quite looking at the hennaed woman.

Her gaze left the hennaed woman and ranged just over their heads again.

The hennaed woman half rose from her chair, her neighbor clinging to her arm, trying to draw her down again.

The hennaed woman, staring mad-eyed and mouth a-grimace over his shoulder, had started to scream.

Lindsay returned the compliment, taking in a hennaed urchin cut over straight brows and eyes the same muddy colour as the supermarket coffee.

Iroy scanned the letter, running a hennaed thumbnail over the glyphs as he read.

Her perfume rose in his nostrils and to his shame he found himself staring at her dark, hennaed nipples beneath the fine lawn of her bodice.

Israelite women: the hennaed hair and fingernails, the ball perfumed with stacte and onychy between her breasts, the kohl for her eyes and the carmine for her lips.

A tall woman with hennaed hair, wearing black trousers and an expensive white sweater, faced Louise.

GOLDEN THRESHOLD BY SAROJINI NAIDU WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ARTHUR SYMONS DEDICATED TO EDMUND GOSSE WHO FIRST SHOWED ME THE WAY TO THE GOLDEN THRESHOLD London, 1896 Hyderabad, 1905 CONTENTS FOLK SONGS Palanquin-Bearers Wandering Singers Indian Weavers Coromandel Fishers The Snake-Charmer Corn-Grinders Village-Song In Praise of Henna Harvest Hymn Indian Love-Song Cradle-Song Suttee SONGS FOR MUSIC Song of a Dream Humayun to Zobeida Autumn Song Alabaster Ecstasy To my Fairy Fancies POEMS Ode to H.

She was a dark-skinned Ammonite, her eyelids blackened with kohl, her arms ajingle with crude golden bracelets in the shape of serpents, too many of them, and too noisily jingling, her hair a flamboyant red from the dye of the henna plant.