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Violet vs. Mauve

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Violetnoun

A bluish-purple colour.

Mauvenoun

(historical) A bright purple synthetic dye.

Violetnoun

Viola, a genus of fragrant plants with white, purple or yellow flowers.

Mauvenoun

The colour of this dye; a pale purple or violet colour.

Violetnoun

Any of several plants that look like the plants of the genus Viola but are taxonomically unrelated to them.

Mauveadjective

Having a pale purple colour.

Violetadjective

Having a bluish-purple colour.

Mauvenoun

A color of a delicate purple, violet, or lilac.

Violetnoun

Any plant or flower of the genus Viola, of many species. The violets are generally low, herbaceous plants, and the flowers of many of the species are blue, while others are white or yellow, or of several colors, as the pansy (Viola tricolor).

Mauvenoun

a moderate purple

Violetnoun

The color of a violet, or that part of the spectrum farthest from red. It is the most refrangible part of the spectrum.

Mauveadjective

of a pale to moderate grayish violet color

Violetnoun

In art, a color produced by a combination of red and blue in equal proportions; a bluish purple color.

Mauveadjective

of a pale purple colour

‘blossoms with mauve and white petals’;

Violetnoun

Any one of numerous species of small violet-colored butterflies belonging to Lycæna, or Rusticus, and allied genera.

Mauvenoun

a pale purple colour

‘a few pale streaks of mauve were all that remained of the sunset’; ‘glowing with soft pastel mauves and pinks’;

Violetadjective

Dark blue, inclining to red; bluish purple; having a color produced by red and blue combined.

Mauvenoun

a pale purple aniline dye prepared by William H. Perkin in 1856. It was the first synthetic dyestuff.

Violetnoun

any of numerous low-growing small-flowered violas

Mauve

Mauve ( (listen), mohv; (listen), mawv) is a pale purple color named after the mallow flower (French: mauve). The first use of the word mauve as a color was in 1796–98 according to the Oxford English Dictionary, but its use seems to have been rare before 1859.

Violetnoun

a variable color that lies beyond blue in the spectrum

Violetadjective

of a color midway between red and blue

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