lilac

noun li·lac \ ˈlī-ˌläk , -ˌlak , -lək \
Updated on: 24 Apr 2018
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 : a variable color averaging a moderate purple

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Origin and Etymology of lilac

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

LILAC Defined for English Language Learners

lilac

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

  • : a light purple color


LILAC Defined for Kids

lilac

noun li·lac \ ˈlī-ˌläk , -ˌlak , -lək \
1 : a bush having clusters of fragrant pink, purple, or white flowers
2 : a medium purple

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