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spike lavender

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

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