from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various shrubs of the genus Syringa, especially S. vulgaris, widely cultivated for its clusters of fragrant purplish or white flowers.
- n. A pale to light or moderate purple.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large shrub of the genus Syringa, bearing white, pale pink or purple flowers.
- n. Lilac flowers.
- n. A pale purple colour, the colour of some lilac flowers.
- adj. having a pale purple colour.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. A light purplish color like that of the flower of the purplish lilac.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A shrub of the genus Syringa. See Syringa.
- n. The color of the common lilac-blossom; a pale-purple color. A color-disk composed of one half artificial ultramarine, one sixth Chinese vermilion, and one third white will give a lilac.
- Of the light-purple color of the flower of the common lilac.
- n. A fanciers' name for a peculiar bluish-gray color shown in the coats of some domesticated mice.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of a pale purple color
- n. any of various plants of the genus Syringa having large panicles of usually fragrant flowers
Yet why, from inhaling air containing particles of lilac, should we be able to know that there is anything outside, much less that it is a flower and of a particular variety which we call lilac?
The early afternoon sun skipped across the thick gray braids flowing down her back; she wore a blouse rife with an ecstatic wonder of purple and lime green panels riddled with spinning wheels bathed in lilac, yellow stars, and flame-tinted diamonds.
I am sending you a virtual bouquet of mountain lilac from San Diego and a fresh bouquet of rosemary to remind you of Provence!
At the next table sat a Moslem woman wearing a silk overall striped in lilac and purple and dull blue.
Whether it is sultry, as in lilac, or cool, as in lady's smocks, this mingling of fierce red and saintly blue has an elfin quality.
If those other shades, the troubles of life, have become too dense and shouldered out the light, so that the sick imagination sees them as crouching beasts of prey, a pilgrimage to such a tranquil place in lilac time may help to set things right again.
"Thorny, what is the matter with Ben?" asked Miss Celia, one day, when she and her brother were alone in the "green parlor," as they called the lilac-tree walk.
The lilac is nice, and I’d go for it in green as well.
As the younger stems mature and flower, the height of the lilac will be at a level where you can enjoy the fragrant flowers in spring.
For small spaces try a dwarf lilac, which is easily kept at a rounded 3 to 4 feet.