mauve

[ mohv ]
/ moʊv /

noun

a pale bluish purple.
a purple dye obtained from aniline, discovered in 1856: the first of the coal-tar dyes.

adjective

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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British Dictionary definitions for mauver

mauve
/ (məʊv) /

noun

  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 for mauve

C19: from French, from Latin malva mallow
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