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mauve

[mohv] /moʊv/
noun
1.
a pale bluish purple.
2.
a purple dye obtained from aniline, discovered in 1856: the first of the coal-tar dyes.
adjective
3.
of the color of mauve:
a mauve dress.
Origin of mauve
1855-1860
1855-60; < French: literally, mallow < Latin malva mallow
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  • All shades of violet or mauve or even purple for deep violets may be made from red and blue in different proportions.

    Candy-Making Revolutionized Mary Elizabeth Hall
  • They were there almost over our heads, sprinkling us with their blue, pink, and mauve drops.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • A mauve and white striped 'cloud' round my excellent shoulders, a seat in the fifth row of the Gaiety, and both horses sold.

  • She quickly caught sight of a mauve sheet of paper on the blotting-pad.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • I found her in mauve silk—really magnificently made, and her hair was done pompadour.

    Wanted: A Cook Alan Dale
  • She set Richard down on the mauve soil and collapsed beside him.

  • A mauve and white striped "cloud" round my excellent shoulders, a seat in the fifth row of the Gaiety, and both horses sold.

    Under the Deodars Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for mauve

mauve

/məʊv/
noun
1.
  1. any of various pale to moderate pinkish-purple or bluish-purple colours
  2. (as adjective): a mauve flower
2.
Also called Perkin's mauve, mauveine (ˈməʊviːn; -vɪn). a reddish-purple aniline dye
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Latin malvamallow
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Word Origin and History for mauve
n.

purple dye, 1859, from French mauve, from Old French mauve "mallow" (13c.), from Latin malva "mallow;" the dye so called from the color of the mallow plant. Related: Mauvish.

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