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 for alkanet
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Alkanet \Al"ka*net\ ([a^]l"k[.a]*n[e^]t), n. [Dim. of Sp.
     alcana, alhe[~n]a, 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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Bot.)
        (a) A boraginaceous herb ({Alkanna tinctoria) yielding
            the dye; orchanet.
        (b) The similar plant Anchusa officinalis; bugloss;
            also, the American puccoon.
            [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bugloss \Bu"gloss\, n.; pl. Buglosses. [F. buglosse, L.
     buglossa, buglossus, fr. Gr. ? oxtongue ? ox + ? tongue.]
     (Bot.)
     A plant of the genus Anchusa, and especially the Anchusa
     officinalis, sometimes called alkanet; oxtongue.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Small wild bugloss, the Asperugo procumbens and the
        Lycopsis arvensis.
  
     Viper's bugloss, a species of Echium.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  alkanet
      n 1: perennial or biennial herb cultivated for its delicate
           usually blue flowers [syn: bugloss, alkanet, Anchusa
           officinalis]

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