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puce

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adjective

of a dark or brownish purple.

noun

a dark or brownish purple.

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Origin of puce

1780–90; <French: literally, flea <Latin pūlic-, stem of pūlex
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British Dictionary definitions for puce

puce
/ (pjuːs) /

noun

  1. a colour varying from deep red to dark purplish-brown
  2. (as adjective)a puce carpet

Word Origin for puce

C18: shortened from French couleur puce flea colour, from Latin pūlex flea
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