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