Lilac meaning

līlək, -lŏk, -lăk
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Any of various shrubs of the genus Syringa, especially S. vulgaris, which has been widely cultivated for its clusters of fragrant flowers that are usually purplish or white but may be pink, blue, or creamy yellow depending on the cultivar.
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A pale to light or moderate purple.
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Any of a genus (Syringa) of hardy shrubs or trees of the olive family, with large clusters of tiny, fragrant flowers ranging in color from white, through many shades of lavender, to deep crimson.
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The flower of this plant.
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Pale purple.
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Of a pale-purple color.
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A large shrub of the genus Syringa, bearing white, pale pink, or purple flowers.
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A flower of the lilac shrub.
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A pale purple colour, the colour of some lilac flowers.

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(colour) Having a pale purple colour.
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Origin of lilac

  • Obsolete French from Arabic līlak from Middle Persian nīlak from nīl indigo from Sanskrit nīlī from nīla- dark blue

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Arabic ليلك (lÄ«lak), from Persian نیلک (nilak), from نیل (nil, “dark blue"), ultimately from Sanskrit नीला (“dark blue")

    From Wiktionary