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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
1855-1860
1855-60; < French: literally, mallow < Latin malva mallow
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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 mauvest

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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