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A tiny aromatic plant, often found at En-gedi on the shore of the Dead Sea. Henna leaves produce an auburn dye, which women used to polish their fingernails and stain their hands (Song 1:14; 4:13).
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Henna[Heb kōp̱er; Gk. kýpros] (Cant. 1:14; 4:13); AV CAMPHIRE. The henna plant, Lawsonia inermis L, originally grown in northern India. The pulverized leaves had a cosmetic use, as attested by the orange-colored nails, palms, and fingertips of some Egyptian mummies. A reference to Hebrew disapproval
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
HennaA shrub (Lawsonia inermis L.) that produces extremely fragrant white flowers. Henna petals can be ground and made into a paste to dye the nails, the palms of the hands, and the soles of the feet a reddish-brown. This is considered a mark of beauty in some cultures. Egyptian mummies have been found
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Henna (Heb. kōp̱er). A shrub (Lawsonia inermis L.) with dark-colored bark, light green leaves that are slender and oblong, and long clusters of white flowers having a strong fragrance. In the ancient Near East henna was the “bride’s flower,” and because of its fragrance (cf. Cant. 4:13; KJV “camphire”;
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Camphire. There can be no doubt that “camphire” is the Lawsonia alba of botanists, the henna of Arabian naturalists. The henna plant grows in Egypt, Syria, Arabia, and northern India. The flowers are white and grow in clusters, and are very fragrant. The whole shrub is from four to six feet high. Song.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Camphire—(Heb. copher), mentioned in Cant. 1:14 (R.V., “henna-flowers”); 4:13 (R.V., “henna”), is the al-henna of the Arabs, a native of Egypt, producing clusters of small white and yellow odoriferous flowers, whence is made the Oleum Cyprineum. From its leaves is made the peculiar auburn dye with which
Henna(also called Egyptian privet, or Jamaica mignonette, or reseda), a small shrub (Lawsonia inermis) of the loosestrife family, cultivated in India, Arabia, and Egypt; leaves yield an orange dye used in coloring hair and leather, and as a cosmetic among many Orientals; the sweet-scented flowers are
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Camʹphire, mentioned in Solomon’s Song 1:14 and 4:13, is not the gum camphor of the apothecary, but the cypress plant, the Lawsonia alba of botanists and the henna of Arabian naturalists. It grows in Egypt, Syria, Arabia and North India, and is from four to six feet high. It resembles the myrtle, has
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