Al"ka*net (#), n. [Dim. of Sp. alcana, alhea, in which al is the Ar. article. See Henna, and cf. Orchanet.]

1. Chem.

A dyeing matter extracted from the roots of Alkanna tinctoria, which gives a fine deep red color.

2. Bot. (a)

A boraginaceous herb (Alkanna tinctoria) yielding the dye; orchanet.


The similar plant Anchusa officinalis; bugloss; also, the American puccoon.


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