lavender

Definitions

General English

Agriculture

  • noun a shrub (Lavandula officinalis) with small lilac-coloured flowers and narrow leaves, cultivated for perfume

Food

  • The bitter leaves of lavender, Lavandula angustifolia, are used in southern European cooking

Slang

  • adjective (of a male) homosexual, gay. A facetious term appropriated from the vocabulary of heterosexual mockers for use by the gay community itself; the colour and scent of lavender being thought of as quintessentially feminine and old-maidish respectively.
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