[ vahy-uh-ley-shuh s ]
/ ˌvaɪ əˈleɪ ʃəs /


belonging to the Violaceae, the violet family of plants.Compare violet family.
of a violet color; bluish-purple.


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Origin of violaceous

1650–60; < New Latin Violace(ae) (see viola2, -aceae) + -ous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for violaceous

/ (ˌvaɪəˈleɪʃəs) /


of, relating to, or belonging to the Violaceae, a family of herbaceous plants and shrubs including the violets and pansies
of the colour violet

Word Origin for violaceous

C17: from Latin violāceus, from viola violet
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