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a European plant, Alkanna tinctoria, of the borage family.
the root of this plant, yielding a red dye.
the dye itself.
any of several similar hairy plants, as the bugloss, Anchusa officinalis, or a puccoon of the genus Lithospermum.
Historical Examples

The alkanet is an erect, hairy plant, which is not quite so bristly as its cousin, the Common Borage.
Flowers Shown to the Children C. E. Smith

Put into a wide-mouthed bottle four ounces of the best olive oil, with one ounce of the small parts of alkanet root.
Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches Eliza Leslie

alkanet Root strikes a beautiful red when mixed with Oils or Pomatums.
The Toilet of Flora Pierre-Joseph Buc’hoz

Wax tinged with alkanet root, and applied to the marble hot enough to melt it freely.
Cooley’s Practical Receipts, Volume II Arnold Cooley

Put into a pint of cold-drawn linseed oil, four pennyworth of alkanet root, and two pennyworth of rose pink.
The Cook and Housekeeper’s Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, Mary Eaton

alkanet is to be bought at the druggists, is very cheap, perfectly innoxious, and is now much used for colouring confectionary.
Miss Leslie’s Lady’s New Receipt-Book Eliza Leslie

Color the grease very strongly with alkanet root, then proceed as for the manufacture of saponaceous cream.
The Art of Perfumery G. W. Septimus Piesse

Or boil in the milk a very small muslin bag with alkanet tied up in it.
Miss Leslie’s Lady’s New Receipt-Book Eliza Leslie

Both the above articles are sold either white or colored with alkanet root.
The Art of Perfumery G. W. Septimus Piesse

Then remove the bag of alkanet, (which may be used again for the same purpose,) and put the oil into clear glass lamps.
Miss Leslie’s Lady’s New Receipt-Book Eliza Leslie

a European boraginaceous plant, Alkanna tinctoria, the roots of which yield a red dye
Also called anchusin, alkannin. the dye obtained from this plant
any of certain hairy blue-flowered Old World plants of the boraginaceous genus Anchusa (or Pentaglottis), such as A. sempervirens of Europe See also bugloss
another name for puccoon (sense 1)

“dye material from bugloss plant roots,” early 14c., from Spanish alcaneta, diminutive of alcana, from Arabic al-hinna (see henna). As the name of the plant itself, from 1560s.


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