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spike lavender

noun

  1. a lavender, Lavandula latifolia, having spikes of pale-purple flowers, and yielding an oil used in painting.


spike lavender

noun

  1. a Mediterranean lavender plant, Lavandula latifolia, having pale purple flowers and yielding an oil used in paints


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Word History and Origins

Origin of spike lavender1

First recorded in 1890–95

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Word History and Origins

Origin of spike lavender1

C17: from dialect spick lavender, via Old French and Old Provençal from Latin spīca spike ²

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Example Sentences

Spike lavender or French lavender; also the male lavender, spica nardi, or pseudo-nardus of old writers.

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