from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various aromatic Old World plants of the genus Lavandula, especially L. angustifolia, having clusters of small purplish flowers that yield an oil used in perfumery.
  • n. The fragrant dried leaves, stems, and flowers of this plant.
  • n. A pale to light purple to very light or very pale violet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of a group of European plants, genus, Lavandula, of the mint family.
  • n. a pale purple colour, like that of the lavender flower.
  • adj. Having a pale purple colour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An aromatic plant of the genus Lavandula (Lavandula vera), common in the south of Europe. It yields and oil used in medicine and perfumery. The Spike lavender (Lavandula Spica) yields a coarser oil (oil of spike), used in the arts.
  • n. The pale, purplish color of lavender flowers, paler and more delicate than lilac.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To launder; wash.
  • n. An aromatic plant of the genus Lavandula, primarily L. vera, the true lavender, which is used as a perfume. See Lavandula.
  • n. The color of lavender-blossoms; a very pale lilac-color, which in consequence of its paleness appears less reddish.
  • n. Hence— To put in pledge; pawn.
  • Of the color of lavender-blossoms; very pale lilac.
  • To sprinkle or scent with lavender.
  • n. A washer; a washerwoman; a laundress.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a pale purple color
  • n. any of various Old World aromatic shrubs or subshrubs with usually mauve or blue flowers; widely cultivated
  • adj. of a pale purple color


Middle English lavendre, from Anglo-Norman, from Medieval Latin livendula, lavendula, perhaps from Latin līvidus, bluish; see livid.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman lavendre (French: lavande), from Medieval Latin lavendula, possibly from Latin lividus ("bluish"), but influenced by lavare ("wash") due to use of lavender in washing clothes. (Wiktionary)



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