of a dark or brownish purple.


a dark or brownish purple.

Nearby words

  1. puca,
  2. pucallpa,
  3. puccini,
  4. puccini, giacomo,
  5. puccoon,
  6. pucellas,
  7. pucelle,
  8. puck,
  9. puck control,
  10. puck hog

Origin of puce

1780–90; < French: literally, flea < Latin pūlic-, stem of pūlex

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British Dictionary definitions for puce



  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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Word Origin and History 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.

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