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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  • lavender — [lav′ən dər] n. [ME < Anglo Fr lavendre < ML lavandria, akin to lavendula (> Ger lavendel) < L lavare, to wash (see LAVE1): from use as bath perfume] 1. any of a genus (Lavandula) of fragrant European plants of the mint family, having …   English World dictionary

  • lavender — adj. V. «copia lavender» …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • lavender — (n.) fragrant plant of the mint family, c.1300, from Anglo Fr. lavendre, O.Fr. lavendre, from M.L. lavendula lavender (10c.), perhaps from L. lividus bluish, livid. Associated with Fr. lavande, It. lavanda a washing (from L. lavare to wash; see… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Lavender — f English (rare): from the vocabulary word denoting the herb with sweet smelling flowers (Old French lavendre, from Late Latin lavendula) …   First names dictionary

  • lavender — ► NOUN 1) a small aromatic evergreen shrub of the mint family, with narrow leaves and bluish purple flowers. 2) a pale blue colour with a trace of mauve. ORIGIN Latin lavandula …   English terms dictionary

  • Lavender — This article is about the genus of flowering plants. For other uses, see Lavender (disambiguation). Lavender Lavender flowers with bracts exhibiting a good example of the color lavender Scientific …   Wikipedia

  • lavender — /lav euhn deuhr/, n. 1. a pale bluish purple. 2. any Old World plant or shrub belonging to the genus Lavandula, of the mint family, esp. L. angustifolia, having spikes of fragrant, pale purple flowers. 3. the dried flowers or other parts of this… …   Universalium

  • Lavender — Recorded as Lavandar and more usually Lavender, this is an English surname, but one of early French origins. Introduced by the Normans after the famous Conquest of 1066 it is occupational. It derives from the word lavandier , and was applied… …   Surnames reference

  • lavender — I UK [ˈlævəndə(r)] / US [ˈlævəndər] noun Word forms lavender : singular lavender plural lavenders [countable/uncountable] a plant with small purple flowers that smell nice a) [uncountable] dried flowers from a lavender plant, used for example in… …   English dictionary

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