lavender


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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
References in classic literature ?
On a table at her side stood the Red Lavender Draught--in color soothing to the eye; in flavor not unpleasant to the taste.
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.
Tip noticed that the purple tint of the grass and trees had now faded to a dull lavender, and before long this lavender appeared to take on a greenish tinge that gradually brightened as they drew nearer to the great City where the Scarecrow ruled.
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.
As a little sprig of lavender will perfume a queen's wardrobe, so will a short year of love keep sweet a long life.
On these pasteboard heads they sewed sheep's wool for hair, and the wool was colored many tints--pink, green and lavender being the favorite colors.
Little patches of sea lavender gave purple colour to the marshland.
Here was a light-blue pair; there were some lavender, some all black and various shades of tan and gray.
Marianne, now looking dreadfully white, and unable to stand, sunk into her chair, and Elinor, expecting every moment to see her faint, tried to screen her from the observation of others, while reviving her with lavender water.
Then he pulled open the drawers, filled with his mother's things, and looked at them: there were lavender bags among the linen, and their scent was fresh and pleasant.
The smell of its jars of old rose-leaves and lavender seems to come upon me even here.
cried the old lady, taking the seat of honor prepared for her, and settling the folds of her lavender moire with a great rustle.