Origin of puce
Related Words for pucerrose, flaming, maroon, glowing, cardinal, crimson, coral, wine, fawn, ginger, tan, toast, amber, brick, nut, buff, coffee, drab, dust, bronze
- 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.