Definition for AL-CAN'NA

AL-CAN'NA, n. [Arabic.]

A plant, a species of Lawsonia; and a powder, prepared from its leaves, used by the Turkish females to give a golden color to the nails and hair. Infused in water, it forms a yellow color; with vinegar, it forms a red. From the berries is extracted an oil, used in medicine. In Cairo, it forms an article of commerce. – Encyc. Theophrast.

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