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[mohv] /moʊv/
a pale bluish purple.
a purple dye obtained from aniline, discovered in 1856: the first of the coal-tar dyes.
of the color of mauve:
a mauve dress.
Origin of mauve
1855-60; < French: literally, mallow < Latin malva mallow Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mauve
  • Color-block jackets mixed pink, turquoise and mauve and for an added fillip reversed to the leather side.
  • We're calling the flower color a rosy mauve for short.
  • Authentic checks are mauve color and have a foil emblem.
  • Inside, the couple has pulled up the mauve shag carpet and torn down the kitschy wallpaper.
  • So many sacs are bobbing around that the waves seem to be covered in a veil of mauve.
  • Foot-high mound of white daisies that fade to mauve.
  • Another added a mauve hat and tie to his shadow-plaid suit.
  • Concrete-block walls and colored concrete floors echo the subtle mauve gray of the landscape's volcanic rhyolite stone.
  • In less favorable locales, it is a much squatter, shorter-lived plant with smaller flowers verging on mauve.
  • mauve pink flowers with slender, drooping rays appear in late summer to fall.
British Dictionary definitions for mauve


  1. any of various pale to moderate pinkish-purple or bluish-purple colours
  2. (as adjective): a mauve flower
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

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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