Origin of puce
Examples from the Web for puce
Puce reserve paste, contains acetate of alumina mixed with the iron liquor.
Puce colour is communicated by logwood with a little alum; which may be modified by the addition of a little Brazil wood.
But the case of the inhabitant of the puce dressing-gown was an exception to the rule.Buried Alive: A Tale of These Days|Arnold Bennett
He did not use a deep purple or a puce colour in the ornaments of his dress.A History of Chinese Literature|Herbert A. Giles
Apparently the geranium red costume is Sunday only, the week-day is this maroon, or puce, or madder-brown.Sea and Sardinia|D. H. Lawrence
- a colour varying from deep red to dark purplish-brown
- (as adjective)a puce carpet
Word Origin for puce
"brownish-purple," 1787, from French puce "flea-color; flea," from Latin pucilem (nominative pulex) "flea," from PIE *plou- "flea" (cf. Sanskrit plusih, Greek psylla, Old Church Slavonic blucha, Lithuanian blusa, Armenian lu "flea"). That it could be generally recognized as a color seems a testimony to our ancestors' intimacy with vermin.