1. (Science: botany) An aromatic plant of the genus Lavandula (L. Vera), common in the south of Europe. It yields and oil used in medicine and perfumery. The spike lavender (L. Spica) yields a coarser oil (oil of spike), used in the arts.

2. The pale, purplish colour of lavender flowers, paler and more delicate than lilac.

(Science: botany) lavender cotton see marsh rosemary. To lay in lavender. To lay away, as clothing, with sprigs of lavender. To pawn.

Origin: oe. Lavendre, f. Lavande, It. Lavanda lavender, a washing, fr. L. Lavare to wash; cf. It. Lsavendola, LL. Lavendula. So called because it was used in bathing and washing. See Lave. To wash, and cf. Lavender.

Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page

This page was last modified on 3 October 2005, at 21:16. This page has been accessed 2,225 times. 
What links here | Related changes | Permanent link