a pale bluish purple.
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.
the dried flowers or other parts of this plant placed among linen, clothes, etc., for scent or as a preservative.
Also called lavender water. toilet water, shaving lotion, or the like, made with a solution of oil of lavender.

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 Unabridged
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lavender (ˈlævəndə)
1.  See also spike lavender Compare sea lavender 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)
2.  the dried parts of L. vera, used to perfume clothes
3.  a.  a pale or light bluish-purple to a very pale violet colour
 b.  (as adjective): lavender socks
4.  perfume scented with lavender
5.  informal (modifier) of or relating to homosexuality: lavender language
[C13: lavendre, via French from Medieval Latin lavendula, of obscure origin]

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Word Origin & History

c.1265, "fragrant plant of the mint family," from Anglo-Fr. lavendre, from M.L. lavendula "lavender" (10c.), perhaps from L. lividus "bluish, livid." Associated with Fr. lavande, It. lavanda "a washing" (from L. lavare "to wash;" see lave) because it was used to scent washed
fabrics and as a bath perfume. The meaning "pale purple color" is from 1840.
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Example sentences
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.
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