puce

puce

[pyoos]
adjective
1.
of a dark or brownish purple.
noun
2.
a dark or brownish purple.

Origin:
1780–90; < French: literally, flea < Latin pūlic-, stem of pūlex

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puce (pjuːs)
 
n
a.  a colour varying from deep red to dark purplish-brown
 b.  (as adjective): a puce carpet
 
[C18: shortened from French couleur puce flea colour, from Latin pūlex flea]

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puce
1787, from Fr. puce "flea," from L. pucilem (nom. pulex) "flea," cognate with Skt. plusih, Gk. psylla, O.C.S. blucha, Lith. blusa, Arm. lu "flea." It is the color of a flea.
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