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lav·en·der

 (lăv′ən-dər)
n.
1.
a. 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.
b. The fragrant dried leaves, stems, and flowers of this plant.
2. A pale to light purple to very light or very pale violet.

[Middle English lavendre, from Anglo-Norman, from Medieval Latin livendula, lavendula, perhaps from Latin līvidus, bluish; see livid.]

lav′en·der adj.

lavender

(ˈlævəndə)
n
1. (Plants) any of various perennial shrubs or herbaceous plants of the genus Lavandula, esp L. vera, cultivated for its mauve or blue flowers and as the source of a fragrant oil (oil of lavender): family Lamiaceae (labiates). See also spike lavender Compare sea lavender
2. (Elements & Compounds) the dried parts of L. vera, used to perfume clothes
3. (Colours)
a. a pale or light bluish-purple to a very pale violet colour
b. (as adjective): lavender socks.
4. (Elements & Compounds) perfume scented with lavender
5. (modifier) informal of or relating to homosexuality: lavender language.
[C13: lavendre, via French from Medieval Latin lavendula, of obscure origin]

lav•en•der

(ˈlæv ən dər)
n.
1. a pale bluish purple.
2. any Old World plant of the genus Lavandula, of the mint family, esp. L. officinalis, having spikes of fragrant, pale purple flowers that yield an essential oil used in perfumery.
3. the dried flowers or other parts of this plant used for scent or as a preservative.
4. Also called lav′ender wa`ter. toilet water, shaving lotion, etc., made with oil of lavender.
v.t.
5. to perfume with lavender.
[1225–75; Middle English lavendre < Anglo-French < Medieval Latin lavendula, variant of livendula, alter. of *lividula a plant livid in color]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lavender - any of various Old World aromatic shrubs or subshrubs with usually mauve or blue flowerslavender - any of various Old World aromatic shrubs or subshrubs with usually mauve or blue flowers; widely cultivated
English lavender, Lavandula angustifolia, Lavandula officinalis - aromatic Mediterranean shrub widely cultivated for its lilac flowers which are dried and used in sachets
Lavandula stoechas, French lavender - shrubby greyish lavender of southwestern Europe having usually reddish-purple flowers
French lavender, Lavandula latifolia, spike lavender - Mediterranean plant with pale purple flowers that yields spike lavender oil
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
2.lavender - a pale purple color
purple, purpleness - a purple color or pigment
Adj.1.lavender - of a pale purple color
chromatic - being or having or characterized by hue
Translations
بِلوْن الخُزامىخُزَامَىنبات الخُزامى
levandulelevandulová barvalevandulový
lavendellavendelblå
laventeli
lavanda
levendulalevendulaszínû
ljósfjólublár liturlofnarblóm, lavender
ラベンダー
라벤더
levandašviesiai violetinė spalva
lavandamēļa krāsa
levanduľalevanduľová farbalevanduľový
lavendel
ต้นลาเวนเดอร์ดอกมีสีฟ้าม่วง
eflâtun rengilavantalâvanta çiçeği
cây oải hương

lavender

[ˈlævɪndəʳ]
A. Nespliego m, lavanda f
B. CPD lavender blue Nazul m lavanda
lavender water Nlavanda f

lavender

[ˈlævɪndər]
n
(= plant) → lavande f
(= colour) → lavande inv
snaky designs in lavender and wine and deep violet → des motifs sinueux en lavande, bordeaux et violet profond
adj (= lavender-coloured) → lavande inv
a lavender dress → une robe lavande
modif [oil] → de lavande; [perfume, soap] → à la lavande
a lavender plant → un plant de lavande

lavender

n (= flower)Lavendel m; (= colour)Lavendel nt
adj (colour) → lavendelfarben; lavender blue eyeslavendelblaue Augen

lavender

:
lavender bag
nLavendelsäckchen nt
lavender water

lavender

[ˈlævɪndəʳ] nlavanda

lavender

(ˈlӕvində) noun
1. a type of plant with sweet-smelling pale bluish-purple flowers.
2. (also adjective) (of) the colour of the flowers. a lavender dress.

lavender

خُزَامَى levandule lavendel Lavendel λεβάντα lavanda laventeli lavande lavanda lavanda ラベンダー 라벤더 lavendel lavendel lawenda alfazema, lavanda лаванда lavendel ต้นลาเวนเดอร์ดอกมีสีฟ้าม่วง lavanta cây oải hương 熏衣草
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cried the old lady, taking the seat of honor prepared for her, and settling the folds of her lavender moire with a great rustle.
Vanni received them at the entrance, always dressed in lavender with a great deal of black lace, her important watch-chain lying on her bosom.
Here was a light-blue pair; there were some lavender, some all black and various shades of tan and gray.
Her dress was of a lavender colour, and perfectly neat; but scantily made, as if she desired to be as little encumbered as possible.
And it was really a pleasure--from the first opening of the bandbox, where everything smelt of lavender and rose-leaves, to the clasping of the small coral necklace that fitted closely round her little white neck.
As a little sprig of lavender will perfume a queen's wardrobe, so will a short year of love keep sweet a long life.
Yet, the smell of a YAHOO continuing very offensive, I always keep my nose well stopped with rue, lavender, or tobacco leaves.
It is enough that God understands me, wife," replied Sancho; "for he is the understander of all things; that will do; but mind, sister, you must look to Dapple carefully for the next three days, so that he may be fit to take arms; double his feed, and see to the pack-saddle and other harness, for it is not to a wedding we are bound, but to go round the world, and play at give and take with giants and dragons and monsters, and hear hissings and roarings and bellowings and howlings; and even all this would be lavender, if we had not to reckon with Yanguesans and enchanted Moors.
Madame Aubain brought out her sewing, and Virginia amused herself by braiding reeds; Felicite wove lavender blossoms, while Paul was bored and wished to go home.
We knew very well that things of this sort were considered vulgar, unless of the purest quality and used with the tact of good society; but still it was permitted to sprinkle a very little lavender, or exquisite eau de cologne, on a pocket-handkerchief.
When they woke it was a fair day, full of the noises, of birds, the smell of box lavender, and fried bacon, mixed with an elemental smell they had never met before.
In May and June come pinks of all sorts, specially the blushpink; roses of all kinds, except the musk, which comes later; honeysuckles; strawberries; bugloss; columbine; the French marigold, flos Africanus; cherry-tree in fruit; ribes; figs in fruit; rasps; vineflowers; lavender in flowers; the sweet satyrian, with the white flower; herba muscaria; lilium convallium; the apple-tree in blossom.