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[mohv] /moʊv/
a pale bluish purple.
a purple dye obtained from aniline, discovered in 1856: the first of the coal-tar dyes.
of the color of mauve:
a mauve dress.
Origin of mauve
1855-60; < French: literally, mallow < Latin malva mallow Unabridged
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  • They were there almost over our heads, sprinkling us with their blue, pink, and mauve drops.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Juve showed this sheet of mauve letter paper to his listeners.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • She quickly caught sight of a mauve sheet of paper on the blotting-pad.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • She set Richard down on the mauve soil and collapsed beside him.

  • Gradually the blue color faded to mauve and then to a brilliant crimson.

    Giants on the Earth Sterner St. Paul Meek
  • It came to be the chic and proper thing to appear at them in shades of mauve or purple.

    All Roads Lead to Calvary Jerome K. Jerome
  • Manufactured on a large scale after Perkin's discovery of mauve in 1856.

    Vegetable Dyes

    Ethel M. Mairet
British Dictionary definitions for mauve


  1. any of various pale to moderate pinkish-purple or bluish-purple colours
  2. (as adjective): a mauve flower
Also called Perkin's mauve, mauveine (ˈməʊviːn; -vɪn). a reddish-purple aniline dye
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Latin malvamallow
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Word Origin and History for mauve

purple dye, 1859, from French mauve, from Old French mauve "mallow" (13c.), from Latin malva "mallow;" the dye so called from the color of the mallow plant. Related: Mauvish.

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