a lavender, Lavandula latifolia, having spikes of pale-purple flowers, and yielding an oil used in painting.
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Origin of spike lavender
First recorded in 1890–95
Words nearby spike lavender
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British Dictionary definitions for spike lavender
a Mediterranean lavender plant, Lavandula latifolia, having pale purple flowers and yielding an oil used in paints
Word Origin for spike lavender
C17: from dialect spick lavender, via Old French and Old Provençal from Latin spīca spike ²
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