lavender

Definitions

  • Lavender's Blue music
    Lavender's Blue music
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj lavender of a pale purple color
    • n lavender a pale purple color
    • n lavender any of various Old World aromatic shrubs or subshrubs with usually mauve or blue flowers; widely cultivated
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lavender (Bot) 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.
    • Lavender The pale, purplish color of lavender flowers, paler and more delicate than lilac.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lavender A washer; a washerwoman; a laundress.
    • lavender To launder; wash.
    • n lavender An aromatic plant of the genus Lavandula, primarily L. vera, the true lavender, which is used as a perfume. See Lavandula.
    • n lavender The color of lavender-blossoms; a very pale lilac-color, which in consequence of its paleness appears less reddish. A mixture of color-disks white + ½ artificial ultramarine + vermilion gives a lavender. A very pale lavender is called a lavender-gray; a still paler color a French white.
    • n lavender Hence— To put in pledge; pawn.
    • lavender Of the color of lavender-blossoms; very pale lilac.
    • lavender To sprinkle or scent with lavender.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lavender lav′en-dėr an odoriferous plant, probably so called from its being laid with newly washed clothes: a pale-lilac colour, the colour of lavender blossoms
    • v.t Lavender to sprinkle with lavender
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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

Usage

In literature:

Lucina started when the lavender breath entered the room, and looked up as if at a ghostly herald.
"Jerome, A Poor Man" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The lavender satin, deepening into purple in the folds, swept in a rich circle over the knees of the young girl in the Squire's pew.
"Evelina's Garden" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
That night I went to sleep between sheets fragrant with lavender from my own garden, while the ocean boomed gently on the beach below the hill.
"The Smiling Hill-Top" by Julia M. Sloane
Then the sky was darkened with Schumann's perverse harmonies as jasmine, lavender, and lime were sprayed over him.
"Visionaries" by James Huneker
Jaggers had been laying her up in lavender all the winter for the great race, and she was now at the top of her form.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
Then I was shown the oak presses full of linen white as snow and laid up in lavender.
"Leaves from a Field Note-Book" by J. H. Morgan
Dropping the magazine to her lap, the lavender young man, with what dignity he could command, marched back to the smoking-car.
"Under Handicap" by Jackson Gregory
Barbara lifted from the trunk a gown of heavy white brocade, figured with violets in lavender and palest green.
"Flower of the Dusk" by Myrtle Reed
The beard is faint lavender, and the canvas loin-cloth is blue.
"Donatello" by David Lindsay, Earl of Crawford
As he did, he noticed what she was wearing: short black jacket, lavender neckerchief, light gray skirt.
"Little Fuzzy" by Henry Beam Piper
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In poetry:

Upgathering to themselves the breath
Of wide-blown roses white and red,
The spice of musk and lavender
Along its winding alleys shed.
"In an Old Town Garden" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
What did we gain? What did we lose?
Be still; grief for the pious dead
Suspires from bosoms of kind souls
Lavender-wise, propped up in bed.
"Elegy" by Allen Tate
Lavender, sweet-briar, orris. Here
Shall Beauty make her pomander,
Her sweet-balls for to lay in clothes
That wrap her as the leaves the rose.
"The Choice" by Katharine Tynan
I can see it standing there,
Brown above the woodland deep,
Wrapped in lights of lavender,
By the warm wind rocked asleep,
Violet shadows everywhere.
"The Old Farm" by Madison Julius Cawein
I purify
With my clear rain the sombre sky;
I wake the snowdrops from their sleep
In the earth's bosom brown and deep.
I am the stained world's lavender.
"February" by Nora Jane Hopper Chesson
And here and there green tufts of grass peered through,
Salt lavender, and sea thrift; then behold
The mist, subsiding ever, bared to view
A beast of giant mould.
"Honours -- Part II." by Jean Ingelow

In news:

Stroll the fields and enjoy the sweet scent of lavender wafting on the breeze.
Lavender Growers are 'calling all artists'.
The Sequim Lavender Growers Association is calling all artists to submit " LAVENDER " themed artwork for its 17th Sequim Lavender Festival.
The allure of lavender .
Polly Norman's Prehistoric Ride Through a Lavender Sky.
Watch Grow Lavender in Your Garden in the Better Homes and Gardens Video.
Lavender and SLC's Kissing Tree.
Lavender and the Kissing Tree.
Lavender Diamond Live In Studio.
Becky Stark, Lavender Diamond's singer, is a perfectionist.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- For three days lavender aficionados are in Grand Junction for the Southwest Lavender Conference.
Assortment of trees, even lavender , up for auction.
Mumford & Sons, Green Day, Betty LaVette, Daddy and Lavender Diamond.
Ray Charles Plaza goes lavender for recovery.
Lee Morris Lavender , 87, of Metropolis, formerly of Vienna, died at noon Friday at Metropolis Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
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In science:

The top curve (the lavender one) corresponds to the same obstacle density as in Fig. 3B.
Anomalous subdiffusion due to obstacles : A critical survey
Nodes for the top 20 terms are shaded in lavender; black and red edges indicate, respectively, “is a” and “part of a” relationships among terms.
Multiple tests of association with biological annotation metadata
Nodes for the top 20 terms are shaded in lavender; black and red edges indicate, respectively, “is a” and “part of a” relationships among terms.
Multiple tests of association with biological annotation metadata
Nodes for the top 20 terms are shaded in lavender; black and red edges indicate, respectively, “is a” and “part of a” relationships among terms.
Multiple tests of association with biological annotation metadata
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