Word of the Day — Lavender

Lavendar flower

Lavendar flower (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Apis mellifera & Lavandula angust...
Apis mellifera & Lavandula angustifolia in Belgium (Hamois). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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A color, a plant, lavender is something that either makes you think of a sweet summertime floral scent, or a cool misty color. Known for a semi mourning color, because shades of purple and mauve have been traditional for half mourning, it also evokes the image of a little old lady. Or maybe it makes you think of twilight, not the book or film, but that time of night when the sun has set and the sky takes on shades of blue and purple. Lavender shadows on the snow. A field of lavender.

1lav·en·der

noun \ˈla-vən-dər\

: a plant with narrow leaves and small purple flowers that have a sweet smell

: the dried leaves and flowers of the lavender plant used to make clothes and fabrics smell pleasant

: a pale purple color

From my gushing, can you tell that I like the word lavender?  I do. I love the images it evokes.  I use it in poetry and descriptions abound with the word lavender.  The fact that it’s a color, a time of day, an herb, a scent, a feeling.  It’s such a useful word. And fun too. Maybe it helps that it’s Latin.

Signing off

~Kate

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