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violaceous

[vahy-uh-ley-shuh s]
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adjective
  1. belonging to the Violaceae, the violet family of plants.Compare violet family.
  2. of a violet color; bluish-purple.

Origin of violaceous

1650–60; < New Latin Violace(ae) (see viola2, -aceae) + -ous
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Examples from the Web for violaceous

Historical Examples

  • In young specimens there are stripes and bands of violaceous brown, and the shells are striate within the aperture.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • Spores globose or somewhat irregular, very minutely warted, violaceous, 9–11 mic.

  • The papules are usually pea-sized, flattened, and of a dark red or violaceous color.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin

    Henry Weightman Stelwagon

  • The nodules gradually enlarge, the skin becomes reddish, violaceous or livid in color.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin

    Henry Weightman Stelwagon

  • At first a pale-pink or dull, violaceous red, they later become yellowish or coppery.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin

    Henry Weightman Stelwagon


British Dictionary definitions for violaceous

violaceous

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Violaceae, a family of herbaceous plants and shrubs including the violets and pansies
  2. of the colour violet

Word Origin

C17: from Latin violāceus, from viola violet
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