violet

[vahy-uh-lit]
noun
1.
any chiefly low, stemless or leafy-stemmed plant of the genus Viola, having purple, blue, yellow, white, or variegated flowers. Compare violet family.
2.
any such plant except the pansy and the viola.
3.
the flower of any native, wild species of violet, as distinguished from the pansy: the state flower of Illinois, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.
4.
any of various similar plants of other genera.
5.
reddish-blue, a color at the opposite end of the visible spectrum from red, an effect of light with a wavelength between 400 and 450 nm.
adjective
6.
of the color violet; reddish-blue: violet hats.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Old French violete, equivalent to viole (< Latin viola violet) + -ete -et

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Violet

[vahy-uh-lit]
noun
a female given name.
Also, Violette [vahy-uh-let, vahy-uh-lit] , Violetta [vahy-uh-let-uh] .
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violet (ˈvaɪəlɪt)
 
n
1.  any of various temperate perennial herbaceous plants of the violaceous genus Viola, such as V. odorata (sweet (or garden) violet), typically having mauve or bluish flowers with irregular showy petals
2.  any other plant of the genus Viola, such as the wild pansy
3.  any of various similar but unrelated plants, such as the African violet
4.  a.  any of a group of colours that vary in saturation but have the same purplish-blue hue. They lie at one end of the visible spectrum, next to blue; approximate wavelength range 445--390 nanometres
 b.  (as adjective): a violet dress
5.  a dye or pigment of or producing these colours
6.  violet clothing: dressed in violet
7.  informal shrinking violet a shy person
 
[C14: from Old French violete a little violet, from viole, from Latin viola violet]
 
'violet-like
 
adj

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violet
early 14c., small plant with purplish-blue flowers, from O.Fr. violette, dim. of viole "violet," from L. viola, cognate with Gk. ion (see iodine), probably from a pre-I.E. Mediterranean language. The color sense (late 14c.) developed from the flower.
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violet vi·o·let (vī'ə-lĭt)
n.

  1. The hue of the short-wave end of the visible spectrum, evoked in the human observer by radiant energy with wavelengths of approximately 380 to 420 nanometers.

  2. Any of a group of colors, reddish-blue in hue, that may vary in lightness and saturation.

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violet

see shrinking violet.

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Some species of laelia also contribute an intense violet shade.
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