puce

[pyoos]
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noun
  1. a dark or brownish purple.

Origin of puce

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

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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Word Origin and History for puce
n.

"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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