Lavender definition

lăvən-dər
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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(informal) Of or having to do with homosexuals or homosexuality.
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To perfume with lavender.
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A pale to light purple to very light or very pale violet.
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Any of various aromatic plants of the genus Lavandula of the mint family, native chiefly to the Mediterranean region, especially L. angustifolia, having clusters of small purplish flowers. Lavender is widely cultivated as an ornamental and for its essential oil, used in perfumery and cosmetics.
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The fragrant dried leaves, stems, and flowers of this plant.
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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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A pale purple.
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Pale-purple.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
lavender
Plural:
lavenders

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