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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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Who but a woman could have stood salad for six weeks, even salad sanctified by the presence and scent of the most gorgeous lilac masses?
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I gave her a spray of lilac, I remember, and you gave her a franc.
A flickering sunlight fell upon the wind-shaken lilac trees in the square enclosure.
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There is no honeysuckle over the windows, but there is a lilac tree by the gate, and -- yes, there are the muslin curtains in the windows.
At his feet were golden mats of yellow crocuses; long borders of hyacinths - pink and purple; beds of violets; a great lilac tree, with patches of blossom here and there forcing their way into a sunlit world.
The bridesmaids' eight bouquets of white lilac and lilies-of-the-valley had been sent in due time, as well as the gold and sapphire sleeve-links of the eight ushers and the best man's cat's-eye scarf-pin; Archer had sat up half the night trying to vary the wording of his thanks for the last batch of presents from men friends and ex-lady-loves; the fees for the Bishop and the Rector were safely in the pocket of his best man; his own luggage was already at Mrs.
Her mother helped her into the stage coach, deposited a bundle and a bouquet of lilacs beside her, superintended the "roping on" behind of an old hair trunk, and finally paid the fare, counting out the silver with great care.
The lilacs were all blooming in the yards, and the smell of them after the rain, of the new leaves and the blossoms together, blew into my face with a sort of bitter sweetness.
de la Rocheaimard was fond of coming in the fine mornings of June, for many of the roses and lovely Persian lilacs that once abounded there still remained.