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li·lac

 (lī′lək, -lŏk, -lăk)
n.
1. 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.
2. A pale to light or moderate purple.

[Obsolete French, from Arabic līlak, from Middle Persian nīlak, from nīl, indigo, from Sanskrit nīlī, from nīla-, dark blue.]

li′lac adj.

lilac

(ˈlaɪlək)
n
1. (Plants) Also called: syringa any of various Eurasian oleaceous shrubs or small trees of the genus Syringa, esp S. vulgaris (common lilac) which has large sprays of purple or white fragrant flowers
2. (Plants) French lilac another name for goat's-rue1
3. (Colours)
a. a light or moderate purple colour, sometimes with a bluish or reddish tinge
b. (as adjective): a lilac carpet.
[C17: via French from Spanish, from Arabic līlak, changed from Persian nīlak bluish, from nīl blue]

li•lac

(ˈlaɪ lək, -lɑk, -læk)

n.
1. any shrub of the genus Syringa, of the olive family, as S. vulgaris, having large clusters of fragrant purple or white flowers.
2. pale reddish purple.
adj.
3. having the color lilac.
[1615–25; < Sp < Arabic līlak < Persian, assimilated variant of nīlak bluish]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lilac - any of various plants of the genus Syringa having large panicles of usually fragrant flowerslilac - any of various plants of the genus Syringa having large panicles of usually fragrant flowers
genus Syringa, Syringa - genus of Old World shrubs or low trees having fragrant flowers in showy panicles: lilacs
Himalayan lilac, Syringa emodi - robust upright shrub of mountains of northern India having oblong-elliptic leaves and pale lilac or white malodorous flowers
Hungarian lilac, Syringa josikaea, Syringa josikea - central European upright shrub having elliptic leaves and upright clusters of lilac or deep violet flowers
Syringa persica, Persian lilac - small densely branching Asiatic shrub having lanceolate leaves and panicles of fragrant lilac flowers
Japanese tree lilac, Syringa amurensis japonica, Syringa reticulata - small tree of Japan having narrow pointed leaves and creamy-white flowers
Japanese lilac, Syringa villosa - lilac of northern China having ovate leaves and profuse early summer rose-lilac flowers
common lilac, Syringa vulgaris - large European lilac naturalized in North America having heart-shaped ovate leaves and large panicles of highly fragrant lilac or white flowers
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
Adj.1.lilac - of a pale purple color
chromatic - being or having or characterized by hue
Translations
لَيْلَكلَيْلَكٌلَيْلَكُلَيْلَكي
šeříkšeříkovýlila
syrensyrenfarvetsyrentrælilla
lilla
liilasyreenivioletti
jorgovanljubičast
halványlilalilaorgonaorgonabokororgonafa
dísarunnur, sírenalillablár litur
ライラックライラック色の
라일락연보라색
alyvaalyvų spalva
ceriņiceriņkrāsas-
liliacliliachiu
fialová farbaorgován
syrenlila
ดอกไลแลคมีสีม่วงแดงหรือขาวมีกลิ่นหอมที่มีสีม่วงอ่อน
có màu hoa tử đinh hươnghoa tử đinh hương

lilac

[ˈlaɪlək]
A. N (Bot) → lila f; (= colour) → lila m, color m lila
B. ADJde color lila

lilac

[ˈlaɪlək]
n
(= bush, flower) → lilas m
(= colour) → lilas m
adjlilas inv

lilac

n
(= plant)Flieder m
(= colour)(Zart)lila nt
adjfliederfarben, (zart)lila

lilac

[ˈlaɪlək]
1. n (flower) → lillà m inv; (colour) → lilla m inv
2. adjlilla inv

lilac

(ˈlailək) noun
1. a type of small tree with bunches of white or pale purple flowers.
2. (also adjective) (of) a pale, usually pinkish, purple colour. lilac sheets.

lilac

لَيْلَكٌ, لَيْلَكُ šeřík, šeříkový lilla, syren Flieder, fliederfarben λιλά, πασχαλιά lila liila, syreeni lilas jorgovan, ljubičast lilla, lillà ライラック, ライラック色の 라일락, 연보라색 lila, sering lilla, syrin bez, liliowy lilás сиреневый, сирень lila, syren ดอกไลแลคมีสีม่วงแดงหรือขาวมีกลิ่นหอม, ที่มีสีม่วงอ่อน leylak, leylak renkli có màu hoa tử đinh hương, hoa tử đinh hương 淡紫色的, 紫丁香
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At the far end of the meadow was the towering lilac hedge, skirting the lane that led to Judge Pillier's house, and the scent of its heavy blossoms met them like a soft and tender embrace of welcome.
Nothing lost, or out of order; not a picket loose in the fence, not a particle of litter in the turfy yard, with its clumps of lilac bushes growing up under the windows.
I'll be married in this lilac gingham: you may make a dressing-gown for yourself out of the pearl-grey silk, and an infinite series of waistcoats out of the black satin.
There's a little flower up yonder, the last bud from the multitude of bluebells that clouded those turf steps in July with a lilac mist.
And that," said Mary with solemn delight, pointing under a big lilac bush, "is where he perched on the little heap of earth and showed me the key.
when I DID find the house, and DID dismount at the garden-gate, and drag those stony-hearted boots across the lawn to Dora sitting on a garden-seat under a lilac tree, what a spectacle she was, upon that beautiful morning, among the butterflies, in a white chip bonnet and a dress of celestial blue
Happily the sunshine fell more warmly than usual on the lilac tufts the morning that Eppie was married, for her dress was a very light one.
The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn.
She still wore her black taffeta dress, the color of which was rapidly turning to rust and lilac, to say nothing of the dingy bonnet.
She put on a lilac silk gown, for the party, and an embroidered muslin apron and tippet.
He wore a broad- folded tie, white and speckled with lilac, and he carried on his arm a comfortable driving-coat of fur.
This would have been no serious hindrance on a week-day; they would have clicked through it in their high patterns and boots quite unconcerned; but on this day of vanity, this Sun's-day, when flesh went forth to coquet with flesh while hypocritically affecting business with spiritual things; on this occasion for wearing their white stockings and thin shoes, and their pink, white, and lilac gowns, on which every mud spot would be visible, the pool was an awkward impediment.