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  1. a pale bluish purple.
  2. a purple dye obtained from aniline, discovered in 1856: the first of the coal-tar dyes.
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  1. of the color of mauve: a mauve dress.
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Origin of mauve

1855–60; < French: literally, mallow < Latin malva mallow
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Related Words

plum, lavender, lilac, violet, violaceous

British Dictionary definitions for mauver


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

C19: from French, from Latin malva mallow
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Word Origin and History for mauver



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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