sea lavender


sea lavender
1. an Old World, maritime plant, Limonium vulgare, of the leadwort family, having one-sided spikes of small, lavender-colored flowers.
2. a similar plant, Limonium carolinianum, of the eastern coast of North America.
[1590-1600]

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Any of about 300 species of chiefly perennial herbaceous plants that make up the genus Limonium of the family Plumbaginaceae, especially L. vulgare.

Bearing small flowers in dense spikes, L. vulgare grows in large tracts that sometimes turn acres lilac-coloured in late summer. The flower spikes of this and other sea lavenders are often used in dry-flower arrangements for their lasting qualities and permanent colours.

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  • Sea lavender — Lavender Lav en*der, n. [OE. lavendre, F. lavande, It. lavanda lavender, a washing, fr. L. lavare to wash; cf. It. lsavendola, LL. lavendula. So called because it was used in bathing and washing. See {Lave}. to wash, and cf. {Lavender}.] 1.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sea lavender — n. any of a genus (Limonium, family Plumbaginaceae) of stiff, dicotyledonous plants (order Plumbaginales) with white, pink, lavender, or yellow flowers and many branches: often dried for winter bouquets …   English World dictionary

  • Sea lavender — Sea lav en*der (Bot.) See {Marsh rosemary}, under {Marsh}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sea lavender — Marsh Marsh, n. [OE. mersch, AS. mersc, fr. mere lake. See {Mere} pool, and cf. {Marish}, {Morass}.] A tract of soft wet land, commonly covered partially or wholly with water; a fen; a swamp; a morass. [Written also {marish}.] [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sea-lavender — kermėkas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Pliumbaginių (Plumbaginaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Limonium). atitikmenys: lot. Limonium angl. sea lavender; statice vok. Meerlavendel; Strandflieder; Strandnelke; Widerstoß rus. кермек lenk.… …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • sea lavender — sea′ lav ender n. pln an Old World maritime plant of the genus Limonium, of the leadwort family Also called statice …   From formal English to slang

  • sea lavender — noun Date: 1597 any of a genus (Limonium) of chiefly perennial herbs of the plumbago family with small flowers and basal leaves …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sea lavender — noun a chiefly maritime plant with small pink or lilac funnel shaped flowers. [Genus Limonium.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • sea lavender — /ˈsi lævəndə/ (say see lavuhnduh) noun any plant of the genus Limonium, as L. vulgare, a perennial herb with bluish purple flowers which occurs on coastal saltmarshes in northern temperate regions …   Australian English dictionary

  • sea lavender — noun any of various plants of the genus Limonium of temperate salt marshes having spikes of white or mauve flowers • Syn: ↑marsh rosemary, ↑statice • Hypernyms: ↑subshrub, ↑suffrutex • Member Holonyms: ↑Limonium, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary


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