- a lavender, Lavandula latifolia, having spikes of pale-purple flowers, and yielding an oil used in painting.
Origin of spike lavender
First recorded in 1890–95
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- 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 spike ²
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