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lilac

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈlaɪ.lək/ us  

lilac noun [C or U] (PLANT)

a bush or small tree with sweet-smelling purple or white flowers: The lilacs are in bloom.

lilac noun [C or U] (COLOUR)

a pale colour between pink and purple

lilac

adjective uk   /ˈlaɪ.lək/ us  
having a pale colour between pink and purple
Translations of “lilac”
in Spanish lilas, lila…
in French lilas…
in German spanischer Flieder, das Lila, lila…
in Chinese (Traditional) 植物, 丁香…
in Russian сирень…
in Turkish leylâk, leylâk ağacı…
in Chinese (Simplified) 植物, 丁香…
in Polish bez…
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