Lavender meaning

lăv'ən-dər
A pale to light purple to very light or very pale violet.
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Any of a genus (Lavandula) of fragrant European plants of the mint family, having spikes of pale-purplish flowers and yielding an aromatic oil (oil of lavender)
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The dried flowers, leaves, and stalks of this plant, used to fill sachets and to perfume clothes, linens, etc.
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A pale purple.
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Pale-purple.
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Of or having to do with homosexuals or homosexuality.
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To perfume with lavender.
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Any of a group of European plants, genus, Lavandula, of the mint family.
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A pale purple colour, like that of the lavender flower.

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Having a pale purple colour.
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Origin of lavender

  • Middle English lavendre from Anglo-Norman from Medieval Latin livendula, lavendula perhaps from Latin līvidus bluish livid
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman lavendre (French: lavande), from Medieval Latin lavendula, possibly from Latin lividus (“bluish"), but influenced by lavare (“wash") due to use of lavender in washing clothes.
    From Wiktionary