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lavender

[lav-uh n-der] /ˈlæv ən dər/
noun
1.
a pale bluish purple.
2.
any Old World plant or shrub belonging to the genus Lavandula, of the mint family, especially L. angustifolia, having spikes of fragrant, pale purple flowers.
3.
the dried flowers or other parts of this plant placed among linen, clothes, etc., for scent or as a preservative.
4.
Also called lavender water. toilet water, shaving lotion, or the like, made with a solution of oil of lavender.
Origin
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English lavendre < Anglo-French < Medieval Latin lavendula, variant of livendula, nasalized variant of *lividula a plant livid in color. See livid, -ule
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Examples for lavender
  • Lots of dead bees in the hives, gray-lavender mold on the comb.
  • If all the houses on the street were gray, you would never know if gray was a better color than lavender.
  • The green-banded mariposa lily unfurls its lavender petals.
  • Hawkers strolled through, offering garlands of lavender.
  • One used a medicine dropper to add lavender into the beige liquid, while another stirred the drops in.
  • With lavender blush white petunias in a window box and lace curtains, it is clean as a summer cloud.
British Dictionary definitions for lavender

lavender

/ˈlævəndə/
noun
1.
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.
the dried parts of L. vera, used to perfume clothes
3.
  1. a pale or light bluish-purple to a very pale violet colour
  2. (as adjective) lavender socks
4.
perfume scented with lavender
5.
(modifier) (informal) of or relating to homosexuality lavender language
Word Origin
C13: lavendre, via French from Medieval Latin lavendula, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for lavender
n.

"fragrant plant of the mint family," c.1300, from Anglo-French lavendre, Old French lavendre, from Medieval Latin lavendula "lavender" (10c.), perhaps from Latin lividus "bluish, livid." Associated with French lavande, Italian lavanda "a washing" (from Latin lavare "to wash;" see lave) because it was used to scent washed fabrics and as a bath perfume. (An identical Middle English word meant "laundress, washerwoman;" also, apparently, "prostitute, whore; camp follower" and is attested as a surname from early 13c.). The adjective meaning "pale purple color" is from 1840.

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Slang definitions & phrases for lavender

lavender

adjective

Homosexual: Alberta Maged had marched with a coalition of groups including the Lavender Left and the Commie Queers/ Clinton dropped the gays like a flaming potato, suggesting they might serve in special lavender units

[1970s+; both blue and lavender are colors associated with homosexuality]


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