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Topic: PLANTS

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Anglo-French
Origin: lavendre, from Medieval Latin lavandula, perhaps from Latin lividus 'bluish' or lavare 'to wash'

lavender

noun
     
lav‧en‧der
1 [uncountable and countable]HBP a plant that has grey-green leaves and purple flowers with a strong pleasant smell
2 [uncountable]CC a pale purple colour
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