He mounts the scaffold, not without delay; he is in puce coat, breeches of grey, white stockings.
He did not use a deep purple or a puce colour in the ornaments of his dress.
They describe my heliotrope poplin as puce alpaca with a muslin frill!
To make plum-color or puce, indigo is the dye, with a cochineal.
puce colour is communicated by logwood with a little alum; which may be modified by the addition of a little Brazil wood.
But the case of the inhabitant of the puce dressing-gown was an exception to the rule.
Queen's ware, when decorated, was of two classes: painted; transfer-printed in red or puce or black.
The livery hoods seem finally, in 1568, to have settled down to scarlet and puce, the gowns to blue.
At the curb below stood a dyspeptically stuffed limousine, guarded by two men in puce liveries.
Headsman Samson, though he afterwards denied it, sells locks of the hair: fractions of the puce coat are long after worn in rings.
"brownish-purple," 1787, from French puce "flea-color; flea," from Latin pucilem (nominative pulex) "flea," from PIE *plou- "flea" (cf. Sanskrit plusih, Greek psylla, Old Church Slavonic blucha, Lithuanian blusa, Armenian lu "flea"). That it could be generally recognized as a color seems a testimony to our ancestors' intimacy with vermin.