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violet (ˈvaɪəlɪt)
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]

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