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lilac

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noun li·lac \ˈlī-ˌläk, -ˌlak, -lək\

Simple Definition of lilac

  • : a type of bush with purple or white flowers that bloom in the spring

  • : a light purple color

Full Definition of lilac

  1. 1 a :  a widely cultivated European shrub (Syringa vulgaris) of the olive family that has cordate ovate leaves and large panicles of fragrant pinkish-purple or white flowers b :  a tree or shrub congeneric with the lilac

  2. 2 :  a variable color averaging a moderate purple

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Origin of lilac

obsolete French (now lilas), from Arabic līlak, from Persian nīlak bluish, from nīl blue, from Sanskrit nīla dark blue


First Known Use: 1625


LILAC Defined for Kids

lilac

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noun li·lac \ˈlī-ˌläk, -ˌlak, -lək\

Definition of lilac

  1. 1 :  a bush having clusters of fragrant pink, purple, or white flowers

  2. 2 :  a medium purple




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