Sea lavender
Lavender Lav"en*der, n. [OE. lavendre, F. lavande, It. lavanda lavender, a washing, fr. L. lavare to wash; cf. It. lsavendola, LL. lavendula. So called because it was used in bathing and washing. See {Lave}. to wash, and cf. {Lavender}.] 1. (Bot.) An aromatic plant of the genus {Lavandula} ({Lavandula vera}), common in the south of Europe. It yields and oil used in medicine and perfumery. The {Spike lavender} ({Lavandula Spica}) yields a coarser oil (oil of spike), used in the arts. [1913 Webster]

2. The pale, purplish color of lavender flowers, paler and more delicate than lilac. [1913 Webster]

{Lavender cotton} (Bot.), a low, twiggy, aromatic shrub ({Santolina Cham[ae]cyparissus}) of the Mediterranean region, formerly used as a vermifuge, etc., and still used to keep moths from wardrobes. Also called {ground cypress}.

{Lavender water}, a perfume, toilet water, or shaving lotion containing the essential oil of lavender, and sometimes the essential oil of bergamot, and essence of ambergris.

{Sea lavender}. (Bot.) See {Marsh rosemary}.

{To lay in lavender}. (a) To lay away, as clothing, with sprigs of lavender. (b) To pawn. [Obs.] [1913 Webster +PJC]


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  • sea lavender — n. any of a genus (Limonium, family Plumbaginaceae) of stiff, dicotyledonous plants (order Plumbaginales) with white, pink, lavender, or yellow flowers and many branches: often dried for winter bouquets …   English World dictionary

  • Sea lavender — Sea lav en*der (Bot.) See {Marsh rosemary}, under {Marsh}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sea lavender — Marsh Marsh, n. [OE. mersch, AS. mersc, fr. mere lake. See {Mere} pool, and cf. {Marish}, {Morass}.] A tract of soft wet land, commonly covered partially or wholly with water; a fen; a swamp; a morass. [Written also {marish}.] [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sea-lavender — kermėkas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Pliumbaginių (Plumbaginaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Limonium). atitikmenys: lot. Limonium angl. sea lavender; statice vok. Meerlavendel; Strandflieder; Strandnelke; Widerstoß rus. кермек lenk.… …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • sea lavender — sea′ lav ender n. pln an Old World maritime plant of the genus Limonium, of the leadwort family Also called statice …   From formal English to slang

  • sea lavender — 1. an Old World, maritime plant, Limonium vulgare, of the leadwort family, having one sided spikes of small, lavender colored flowers. 2. a similar plant, Limonium carolinianum, of the eastern coast of North America. [1590 1600] * * * Any of… …   Universalium

  • sea lavender — noun Date: 1597 any of a genus (Limonium) of chiefly perennial herbs of the plumbago family with small flowers and basal leaves …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sea lavender — noun a chiefly maritime plant with small pink or lilac funnel shaped flowers. [Genus Limonium.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • sea lavender — /ˈsi lævəndə/ (say see lavuhnduh) noun any plant of the genus Limonium, as L. vulgare, a perennial herb with bluish purple flowers which occurs on coastal saltmarshes in northern temperate regions …   Australian English dictionary

  • sea lavender — noun any of various plants of the genus Limonium of temperate salt marshes having spikes of white or mauve flowers • Syn: ↑marsh rosemary, ↑statice • Hypernyms: ↑subshrub, ↑suffrutex • Member Holonyms: ↑Limonium, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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