lilac

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From obsolete French lilac (now lilas), from Arabic ليلك (līlak), from Persian نیلک (nilak), from نیل (nil, dark blue), ultimately from Sanskrit नीला (nīlā, dark blue)[1]

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lilac (plural lilacs)

  1. A large shrub of the genus Syringa, bearing white, pale pink, or purple flowers.
  2. A flower of the lilac shrub.
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 5, The Younger Set[1]:
      Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume ; she saw the tufted lilacs sway in the wind, and the streamers of rose-tinted wistaria swinging, all a-glisten with golden bees ; … .
  3. A pale purple colour, the colour of some lilac flowers.
    lilac colour:    

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lilac (comparative more lilac, superlative most lilac)

  1. (colour) having a pale purple colour.

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  1. ^ Skeat, A Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language, 1895