Spike 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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • spike lavender — n. a European lavender mint (Lavandula latifolia) that yields an oil used in art …   English World dictionary

  • spike lavender — noun Mediterranean plant with pale purple flowers that yields spike lavender oil • Syn: ↑French lavender, ↑Lavandula latifolia • Hypernyms: ↑lavender • Substance Meronyms: ↑spike lavender oil, ↑spike oil * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • spike lavender — varpinė levanda statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Notrelinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, medingas, vaistinis augalas (Lavandula latifolia), paplitęs pietų Europoje. Iš jo gaunamas eterinis aliejus. atitikmenys: lot. Lavandula latifolia angl.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • spike lavender — spike′ lav ender n. pln a lavender mint, Lavandula latifolia, having spikes of pale purple flowers: yields an oil used in paints • Etymology: 1890–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • spike lavender — /spaɪk ˈlævəndə/ (say spuyk lavuhnduh) noun a species of lavender, Lavandula latifolia, having spikes of pale purple flowers, and yielding an oil (oil of spike) used in painting, etc …   Australian English dictionary

  • spike lavender — noun Etymology: alteration of English dialect spick lavender Date: 1607 a European mint (Lavandula latifolia) related to true lavender …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • spike lavender — a lavender, Lavandula latifolia, having spikes of pale purple flowers, and yielding an oil used in painting. [1890 95] * * * …   Universalium

  • spike lavender oil — noun pale yellow essential oil obtained from spike lavender used in scenting soaps and cosmetics • Syn: ↑spike oil • Hypernyms: ↑oil • Substance Holonyms: ↑spike lavender, ↑French lavender, ↑Lavandula latifolia * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lavender cotton — 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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