lilac

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Etymology[edit]

From obsolete French lilac (now lilas), from Arabic لِيلَك(līlak).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈlaɪlək/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈlaɪlək/, /ˈlaɪˌlæk/
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Noun[edit]

lilac (plural lilacs)

  1. A large shrub of the genus Syringa, especially Syringa vulgaris, bearing white, pale-pink, or purple flowers.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter V, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
      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 mauve-tinted wistaria swinging, all a-glisten with golden bees; she saw a crimson cardinal winging through the foliage, and amorous tanagers flashing like scarlet flames athwart the pines.
  2. A flower of the lilac shrub.
  3. (color) A pale purple color, the color of some lilac flowers.
    lilac colour:  

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lilac (comparative more lilac, superlative most lilac)

  1. Having a pale purple colour.

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Noun[edit]

lilac m (plural lilacs)

  1. archaic form of lilas