mauvest

mauve

[mohv]
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:
1855–60; < French: literally, mallow < Latin malva mallow

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mauve (məʊv)
 
n
1.  a.  any of various pale to moderate pinkish-purple or bluish-purple colours
 b.  (as adjective): a mauve flower
2.  Perkin's mauve, Also called: mauveine a reddish-purple aniline dye
 
[C19: from French, from Latin malvamallow]

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mauve
1859, from Fr. mauve, from O.Fr. mauve "mallow," from L. malva "mallow;" the dye so called from the color of the mallow plant.
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