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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Lilac \Li"lac\ (l[imac]"lak), noun [Also {lilach}.] [Sp. lilac, lila, Ar. l[imac]lak, fr. Per. l[imac]laj, l[imac]lanj, l[imac]lang, n[imac]laj, n[imac]l, the indigo plant, or from the kindred l[imac]lak bluish, the flowers being named from the color. Cf. {Anil}.]

1. (Bot.) A shrub of the genus {Syringa}. There are six species, natives of Europe and Asia. {Syringa vulgaris}, the common lilac, and {Syringa Persica}, the Persian lilac, are frequently cultivated for the fragrance and beauty of their purplish or white flowers. In the British colonies various other shrubs have this name.

2. A light purplish color like that of the flower of the purplish lilac.

{California lilac} (Bot.), a low shrub with dense clusters of purplish flowers ({Ceanothus thyrsiflorus}).

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

lilac

adjective

1: of a pale purple color [syn: {lavender}, {lilac}, {lilac- colored}]

noun

1: any of various plants of the genus Syringa having large panicles of usually fragrant flowers


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