spike lavender

spike lavender

noun
a lavender, Lavandula latifolia, having spikes of pale-purple flowers, and yielding an oil used in painting.

Origin:
1890–95

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spike lavender
 
n
a Mediterranean lavender plant, Lavandula latifolia, having pale purple flowers and yielding an oil used in paints
 
[C17: from dialect spick lavender, via Old French and Old Provençal from Latin spīca spike²]

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